The San Diego Rock n Roll was different for me this time around. I started off with two goals: run pain free and to break 2:00. But from the beginning I followed a training plan. However, halfway through my training my goals changed. I was no longer focused on getting that PR but to figure out what my marathon pace would be for the Chicago Marathon. No I didn't get an overall PR, but I did get my best time for this specific race and I was able to run pain free. I legitimately put in the time and effort to make this race one of my best training cycles (given a few setbacks). I put in the miles, the sweat, and yes even the tears to this training plan and come race race day every thing just aligned!
In the past I kind of just "winged" it when it came to half marathon training. I felt like I really didn't need a training plan since I had ran so many of these before. Sounds cocky right? Well I didn't think of it that way until I started reflecting during this past week of recovery. In all honesty my way of thinking was downright stupid and careless. You always need a training plan to have a healthy training cycle and to prevent injury. I look back on the races where I had no plan and realize now why I was always injured. I would either run to much too fast or just didn't run enough and my recovery time was way longer than it should be.
I took a week off from running after this race. I focused on resting and letting my body heal naturally. I stretched and did yoga almost daily and it felt wonderful. I felt revived and eager to start a new training plan. Only on one of those days did I test my legs out with a 20 minute bike ride around my hilly neighborhood. After that day I knew I was ready. Ready to take on my next challenge. Ready to start this physical and emotional rollercoaster of marathon training. The Chicago Marathon is in 16+ weeks and I truly hope that by October I will be ready. I know that I have the will to make this my best marathon!
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