So I am running the Women’s Running Nashville Half Marathon this fall, and to say that I am undertrained would be a bit of an understatement. It’s a bit of déjà vu to when the race was my first half marathon three years ago.
Back in 2011, I hastily went from barely completing a 5K to limping my way through a half marathon using Ease into 10K and Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Program for Novices. I didn’t know much about proper fueling or tapering. My longest run of 10 miles was just six days before the race, and I was so anxious that I continued my usual morning runs throughout the week. Both were poor decisions that had me running on tired legs, hitting a wall around the 10K mark and alternating a run/walk the remaining seven miles.
The only motivation that kept me moving was knowing that the end was near. Then around the 13-mile mark, Traughber stepped into the road and yelled, “Go babe!” And I’m sure his encouragement is what pushed me across the finish line.
Although my summer this year ended with a bachelorette weekend planned around 19.3 miles and three medals, fresh off our nuptials and honeymoon, I haven’t pounded the pavement in almost three weeks. So I honestly have no idea how the Women’s Running Series Half Marathon will go this year. Similar to my first try, I’m expecting pain and panting, but I’ve resolved this race’s goals are to have fun, which the women’s-themed race makes so easy, to be honest with my body and to use a deliberate walk-run schedule to my it through the race. And the best part will be seeing my Traughber push me through the finish line again.