This time of year is huge for racing, especially half marathons and marathons. While I’ve never run a marathon (and honestly don’t plan on it), I did run my fair share of half marathons.
Today is the seven-year anniversary of my first ever half marathon — the Hershey Park Half Marathon. Super crazy how time flies, isn’t it? I’m so glad that I ordered the professional photos from this race because this is really one of my most favorite pictures ever.
I think I was wearing Asics for this race? Gosh, I don’t even remember running Asics!!
This past weekend was also the five-year anniversary of that time I ran the Runner’s World Hat Trick.
Not only did I run a half marathon that weekend, but I ran a 5K followed by a 10K the day prior to the half. You can read a recap of those races here.
Years later and my focus has really shifted. I do not run the miles I used to run nor do I run races as I did over the past years of my blog.
I thought about races and my race anniversaries while I was running Saturday morning. The conversation in my head went like this:
Me: Running a race. Half Marathons. Any thoughts?
Also Me: No. Not interested.
Me: On a scale of 1 – 10, how likely is it that you will run a race any time soon?
Also Me: 1. And I only say 1 because I am still running on a regular basis. Otherwise, the answer would be 0.
Of course, this can change at any time but right now, I feel absolutely nothing towards the thought of running a race. I’m proud of past accomplishments and realize that I have 18 seconds to remove from my current Half Marathon PR to finish under 1:45, but no desire to put in the effort or the time on a race day to even try to break it.
Right now I am really happy just getting outside each morning for whatever my workout may be. I like walking more than I ever have before and I really like running less because I feel better overall than I have in years (but remember, I didn’t even realize that I didn’t feel my best – I got used to the fatigue as and thought it was normal to constantly be chasing my appetite and feel bloated in my clothes).
Less is more for me. It may not be for everyone but it’s best for me as a runner and I’m just really happy that my workouts evolved to where they are now. 🙂
Monday – 60 Min Walk
Tuesday – 5 Min Pure Barre (arms)/5 Miles
I chose a 5 minute Pure Barre workout as I waited for the sun to rise a bit more before heading outside for my run. This is also the day that will be known as the time I was running and saw a raccoon. I nearly died. Not from being attacked by the raccoon, just by seeing it.
Wednesday – 15 Min Pure Barre (lower body)/4 Miles (speed)
I chose a new Pure Barre workout before heading outside to run. This workout was focused on the lower body but truly worked the entire body the entire time.
For my run, it was actually a bit of a speed workout. I wasn’t sure of what I would do but I had energy and interest so I ended up doing something like this:
Mile 1: First .75 mile easy/.25 hard
Mile 2 – 4: Alternating .25 mile easy/.25 hard
Thursday – 30 Min Pure Barre
The weather was super stormy last night with the heavy winds lasting through the morning and day. I chose a 30 minute Pure Barre workout which was great considering I’ve been so out of touch these last few months with the longer routines. I think I’m finally feeling back in sync with the 30-minute Pure Barre workouts!
Friday – 30 Min Run/30 Min Walk
Saturday – 7 Miles
Chilly morning! I wore my lulu half zip with the cuffins — I love the fold-over mitten option for mornings when you aren’t so sure that you need gloves but might need to cover your hands until you warm up.
This run was sort of speed workout but I can’t report the specifics as I didn’t pay close enough attention. I increased my effort at various quarter-mile and half-mile intervals after the first mile.