Plans for my next half marathon

Photo: Mitchell Leff, philadelphiamarathon.com

Photo: Mitchell Leff, philadelphiamarathon.com

Yes, I plan to run another half marathon. Yes, I beat myself up a little over the last one, but that doesn’t mean that I’m done. Oh no—I’m just getting started, kids.

In my recap of the Pittsburgh half marathon, I mentioned that I was making plans for my next half marathon. Here’s what I’m thinking:

Me and Dianne after the Charm City Run Sole of the City 10K

Me and Dianne after the Charm City Run Sole of the City 10K

  • Add in strength training/stretching: I fully admit to be a big slacker when it comes to strength training and stretching. I’m going to actually go to yoga on Thursdays at lunch (company perk!) and strength train at least once each week.
  • Run hills! Baltimore is a fairly flat city and maybe I seek flatter runs when I train, but I can’t always do that. I occasionally need to take on the hills.
  • Sign up for my next half soon: I’m looking at the Baltimore half marathon in October or the Philly half in November. I ran Baltimore last year and Steve did Philly. I liked BMore, but the Philly course was nice. BMore was awesome weather and Philly was very cold. Decisions, decisions.
  • Remember why I love running: I do. I’ve been running since I was 14 and, even when I take breaks, I always come back to it. Running has taught me so much and gives me an amazing community.

A few friends, like Katharine and Jess, are getting back into running and it makes me so happy. I also think of Dianne, who loves to run so  much but has battled a nagging IT injury and can’t take on longer distances right now. And there’s Steve, who is the most passionate runner who I know. He’s currently dealing with a bum hip flexor but ran through it in the half—and is now working with a professional trainer to bounce back and be even better.

And, when I get really angry/frustrated/tired, I think of Ali. I’ve never met Ali in real life, but I’ve read her blog for years. (I like to think that if we lived in the same city, we’d be friends.) Ali has Crohn’s disease, which I understand so much from dealing with my own digestive woes. Ali has been really, really, really sick for awhile now and can’t run. She’s missed races and endless morning runs in Central Park, but she still posts Thankful Things Thursdays. I know what it’s like to be so sick that you can’t leave the house, so when I’m out on a run, I try to just be thankful that I can.

Now, tell me—are you training for a race? What are your training plans?

 

3 thoughts on “Plans for my next half marathon

  1. Ali on the Run says:

    Well hey, tear-jerker of a post. First of all, you are amazing. I love that you have plans and you’re moving forward from a disappointing race (I still think you’re awesome, obviously). The mental game is just as important as the physical one!

    But truly, thank you for saying such nice things and for thinking of me when you’re running. Do we NOT know each other in real life? I thought we WERE best friends…no? Keep being thankful — I’ll try to do the same.

    • Renee L. Beck says:

      Didn’t mean to jerk tears! I know that you’re going through a very tough time and wanted to give a little shout-out to you.

      Hopefully one day when I get up to NYC and you’re all better (because you’re going to be all better ASAP, duh), we can meet up for a run! Or fro-yo. I can do fro-yo, too.

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