Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Reluctant Halfer

So up until a couple of weeks ago, I refused to say or even consider that I would sign up for a half marathon.  I know that's what our group is training for, but I didn't know that when I signed up, and I was just wanting to improve.  And they have all been very supportive.  Kelly would tell people, "Candi and I are training for a half marathon!" and I would immediately chime in, "Uh...Kelly is training for a half marathon; I'm just running."

Well, a lot has happened in the last couple of weeks.  I decided that I would probably sign up with Kelly to do the Mardi Gras half in February.  I got comfortable saying that, and I even told Coach Ric my plan.  Still freaks me out, but I am getting used to it.

Cut to last week when my friend, Angela called me and asked me if I would be interested in doing the Disney Princess Half-Marathon in February.  My friend Angela, who only two weeks ago was telling me I was crazy for running 9 miles!  I was caught completely off guard and didn't think a trip like this would be possible.  My sister, who is very proud of me, encouraged me and even offered to help make it possible.  My husband was on board and said if it is something I really wanted to do, we could make it work.  So now it seems I will be running in the Princess half.

From Warrior Princess to Halfer Princess. 

Wow!

I am kind of freaking out!  I have to get over the guilt of it all.  Angela is one of my dearest and oldest friends, and I know we will have a great time!  I feel lucky to be able to do something like this with her.

So now, I have other thoughts.  This will be my first half marathon.  How can I not have my family with me?  Will I be able to run 13 miles without Kelly?  I don't know if I want to run my first half without my husband and my girls to cheer me on at the finish.

My solution?  I will be signing up for the Mardi Gras run on the 5th of February, and I will be signing up for the Princess Half on the 26th.

I've gone from running no half marathons to running two in a month.  I will consult Coach Ric about this, but looking at our training schedule, I think 3 weeks between these two races will be okay. 

And I have to say if I thought I had lost my mind before, now I know it's completely gone!

1 comment:

  1. 2?! You are crazy!!!! LOL!!!! But if anyone can do it, you can!! Maybe it will slow your pace so I can keep up in Florida..

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