Well, wait no longer... it is my pleasure to announce to all of my readers (both of you! LOL) that I will spend the next 14 weeks training in an attempt to complete the Area 13.1 Half Marathon!! :)
As for my reasoning, it all boils down to a lack of time to prepare myself adequately for a triathlon, even a sprint distance. I haven't been swimming or cycling in over a month. And my tri training program has a long run of 45-60 minutes to start out, and I haven't built up to that amount of time just yet. Most days on the plan have two workouts, as well, and I'm just concerned that I'm asking for trouble if I try to jump into it. But ultimately, it's just a matter of time - or lack of it. In June, my older daughter has to go down to Atlanta every morning for dance which means leaving our house at 8:30 AM. The pool is 20 minutes each way and so is the park where I can ride. And the rest of us still have school to complete while she is away (she has school to do on the way down there... SHHH, don't tell her! LOL). I just don't see how it's possible without making a lot of stress for myself and my family. I am disappointed, but I want to enjoy myself - both physically and mentally. The triathlons will be there next year!
The training plan that I am going to use for the Area 13.1 Half Marathon is the "Run/Walk a Half Marathon" program from Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield. That book should sound familiar if you've been a reader of my blog for any amount of time. I used it for all of my other halfs and for my full (which I didn't follow properly... thus leading to my injury).
This time, though, I'm going to be smart.
I read through the descriptions for all of the half-marathon training programs and two of the bullet points describe my current situation perfectly:
- Runners who need a more forgiving strategy for long-distance training because of knee pain or injury
- Runners who want to safely increase distance without punishing their bodies
I have to admit that I am very, very nervous. I am afraid of hurting myself again. I'm afraid of trying and failing. I'm afraid of embarrassing myself. I'm afraid of people looking down on me because I'm taking walk breaks.
But I'm going to give it a shot anyway. And I hope you'll stick around while I do! :)