Unprepared. That is pretty much how I feel. I haven’t had a run over 8 miles since my marathon attempt, but I’m running the GO! STL Half-Marathon on Sunday with Team Living Water. I’ve been training for this one since a few weeks after the marathon, but mostly with shorter runs and strength training. I have to admit, I’m slightly disappointed in my progress (or lack thereof) since the marathon. I pictured myself being in a different place for this race. I thought I would be faster, stronger and more confident.
While I was training for the Disney Marathon I had a training plan that I followed religiously. I put my heart and soul into the training. And I was disappointed in the results. I guess that is part of the reason I may not have been as strict in training for this half marathon. I wasn’t convinced it was going to make much difference in the outcome I guess.
And if we are being realllly honest… While I did sign up for this race partially because of Team Living Water and the amazing things they do to provide clean drinking water in underprivileged areas of the world… but I also did it because I felt like I needed to redeem myself after Disney. Looking back now I realize I probably should have given myself more than 2 weeks off after such a physically, mentally and emotionally challenging experience with the training and the marathon. Mentally I just fizzled out. I still love running, but I want to be able to run when I feel like it, not because I have to stick to a certain training plan. Which is funny… because I started running seriously only because I had a training plan to stick to. It seems as though I have evolved as a runner, but I feel like I may have done it backwards. A lot of people start running as a hobby and then love it so much they get into racing. I had run off and on for awhile, but only really got into it because I signed up for a marathon. Way to be unconventional, Courtney.
Anyway, this half marathon is happening on Sunday, ready or not. I plan on giving it my all. Not for me, but for those who have to endure more than I can fathom simply to get a taste of fresh water. If you are interested in sponsoring me for this half marathon please click here to donate now. Just $10 can provide a family with clean drinking water for a year.
Representing Team Living Water.
We run so they don’t have to.