Ok, Its been a while since I posted a blog, so let me fill you in.
I’ve spent the last month running 3 half marathons. Let me clarify…road half marathons. This includes the Phoenix Women's Half Marathon, Surf City Half Marathon and the Palm Desert Half marathon. I am not gonna lie, while they were all great, well run events, it was a challenge.
Yes, last year I said I was done running road races, and here I am running multiple road events this spring? So what gives? I set out doing these races knowing I needed the mental challenge of the road. I have long distance trail plans for the fall and that means lots of mileage and long hours training and racing. In order to do this, and not get into a rut I knew I needed to build a base of running miles both physically and mental. (with that being said, running on the beach with ocean breezes and mountain views is a actually pretty awesome)
Don’t let me fool you, I did not run these three half marathons fast. The reason why? I didn’t train to race them, just to run. Like I said, my intention was to build a solid half marathon distance base this winter in order to prep me for spring trail running. However, truth be told I probably took it a little too easy (ok a lot too easy) and should have been more diligent about my training for those events. However, after my most recent race I realized one important thing. While I may not feel like I am in the best physical/training shape, I do feel like I am mentally much stronger. The route for my last race (the Palm Desert Half) was boring, we are talking running on the side of the highway for 90% of a half marathon boring. No crowd, no scenery (with the exception of numerous palm trees) but I was able to use a few techniques I have learned in mediation and pulled through the miles without any mental angst.
As I write my race reviews on my month of half marathons I have made a few solid reflections.
Overall this base building phase was just what I needed. It wasn’t too high pressure, I learned quite a bit about my self physically and found that itch to set future running goals. This winter, I also spent a lot of time supporting the LA Oiselle Volée team who are training for the LA marathon. Watching their growth over the past couple of months has been so inspiring. Surprisingly, I am not at all having FOMO over not running this marathon, yet it has definitely motivated me to get back into a more scheduled training routine.
With that being said, it’s time to head back to the trails for a spring race. As it stands now that race will be the Mailbu Creek 22k at the end of May. There will be a couple other events between then, but this new race and new goals are focus.
Follow along this new journey; I promise to post more blogs, share more photos and even tell a few new stories.