It’s 100 degrees here in Oklahoma, but last night I attended an event to kick off the fall race training season. Seems kind of strange, right? It’s boiling hot but we’re gearing up for fall races. I mean, you know it’s seriously hot when the cooler of water looks like this:
But when your goal is a 15K, half-marathon, or marathon some time in the fall, now’s the time to start training. And Tulsa has a lot of great races coming up in the fall–Tulsa Run 15K, Route 66 marathon. I’m giddy with excitement!
Yep. That means–HERE WE GO AGAIN!!! But this time I’ll be training for a half marathon, instead of the entire 26.2 miles. I’ve been in a running slump for most of this year, struggling with pace, distance, and just enjoyment of the sport, and I’m just not mentally prepared for the rigorous, 30-40 miles of running a week marathon training involves. This summer I’ve just taken it easy. I’ve run at a pace that felt good, not pushing myself, running when I wanted to instead of running because I felt I had to.
And I’m feeling my running mojo return.
Last night I attended The First Mile. Hundreds of runners descended on a local Fleet Feet (running) store, gathered into pace groups, and took off in the insufferable heat for a 1-mile or 3-mile run. Me? I went for the 3 mile run. One mile’s just a warm up!
And it was awesome! I saw some friends I haven’t seen in months, and getting to run with them was just great. The run felt good, and I came back feeling excited to begin training again. But first, I hung out in the shade holding up the wall for a while. It was stinkin’ HOT! I was ever so grateful for the lady who came around passing out cold, wet towels. Heaven, I tell you!Once I cooled off, I enjoyed some of the free goodies–sweet potato burrito and a green apple Sno-Cone. I seriously can’t remember when I last had a Sno-Cone, and in this heat, it was divine!
So here we go again! My goal is a half-marathon PR with a finish time of 2 hours or less. I’ll have to work hard for that, but I’m feeling excited and ready to go for it. Come along with me on my half-marathon adventure and see if I get that PR!
Talk to me:
What’s a new goal you’ve set for yourself?
What’s your favorite Sno-Cone flavor?