So that happened…

As many of you probably saw on Instagram, I completed the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on Sunday morning. That was my 3rd half (last year’s W&D doesn’t count because it was a shortened course), and without doubt, the least trained I’ve ever been to run a race in my entire life. Seriously. I looked at my stats on Smashrun, and prior to Sunday, I hadn’t run AT ALL in 41 days. And prior to that, I hadn’t run more than four miles in one go since August. So yeah.

For the record, I DO NOT recommend that you try to run a half marathon without training. My legs were so sore on Sunday night that I was honestly scared I had seriously injured myself. My legs and back are still stiff and sore. I have blisters like you wouldn’t believe on my feet. And I’m still tired. Oh god, am I tired. I’m sure that’s also partly due to lack of sleep, but holy hell, I feel like I got hit by a truck.

I am definitely relieved that the race is over and done with. Obviously, I haven’t really been feeling running lately. The move to Underhill means that my usual routes are no longer available to me, dance classes have kept me busy two nights a week, and I’ve been feeling a lingering burnout after the shitstorm that was this spring. Now that I don’t have any more races looming, I can just get back to running as an enjoyable outlet that I do a few times a week for as long or as short as I want. No plan. No schedule. No pressure.

I definitely feel like I’m through with distance running for a while. I just hate being beholden to a training plan when my life is already so busy. I love running, but I can’t plan my life around it right now. I like having time and energy for other things. I’ll still be here, and I’m sure I’ll still talk about running and racing and whatever else I’m up to, but I think running and racing will be a much smaller piece of this blog moving forward.

Have you ever run a race that you weren’t trained for? How did it go?

14 thoughts on “So that happened…

  1. Jenn @ Fairest Run of All says:

    I was SO exhausted on Sunday that I only made it to 11:45pm for the after party before giving up. :/ I wanted to do Soarin’ and Frozen again but after almost falling asleep three times on Spaceship Earth I had to admit I was done. Very tiring day!

  2. txa1265 says:

    When I ran the ‘Selfless Elf’ 5K last December I hadn’t done any real speedwork since … no clue. Just my normal daily long run. And while that sounds silly – I was *so* worried last year and the year before about running 5k! They still terrify me – just dump me into a half or full marathon and I know I’ll be OK, but a 5K … oh the pain! 🙂

    One of the most important things, I think, is to try to compartmentalize life – don’t tie your identity too much to ‘things’ and jobs and activities, because it can all be fleeting. Sure they are *part* of us, but they alone don’t define who we are.

    For you – I loved those Disney pics – and there were basically none (ok, the wake-up one, which was awesome) that were specifically running. You were at Disney and also ran. That is great.

  3. Jessica @ Fit Talker says:

    I’ve done 3 half marathons and was really only well prepared for one of them. That said, in both instances I had done runs of 8-9 miles a few weeks prior, so I guess it wasn’t too too bad, but still, very under prepared.
    I’m doing a 5 mile turkey trot on Thanksgiving and the last time I ran was at the end of August. Should be interesting!
    My motivation just hasn’t bee there.

  4. Anna @ Piper's Run says:

    It looks like you had a great weekend, hope the legs feel better soon! The only races I’ve done without training would be the 5k distance. I running a lot less these days but I’m finally okay with it since I’m doing Barre, Yoga and soccer once a week each! I’m getting in some good cross training!

  5. dgobs says:

    I hope the Disney experience was fun! It’ll be nice to just enjoy running for running for a while… as much as I like taking part in races, there’s a lot to be said for just running for running’s sake 🙂 The half I ran back in June I hadn’t really trained for, and while my time wasn’t terrible (for me), it wasn’t really the best experience and I was sore and tired for days afterwards. Hopefully I learned that lesson!

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