Iâ€™ve completed 32 races, including three half marathons.
My first was way back in October 2008. I ran the Jacksonville Marine Corps in 2:06:30. I pushed extremely hard and was very happy with my time.
I ran my second Half Marathon a few months later, in February 2009. I ran the Gasparilla Half Marathon in 2:03:00
I feel in LOVE with cycling as my knees healed (I still love cycling; Charlotte is just not really conducive to biking) and went on to do a Metric Century (60 miles). I ended up doing another Metric and a Century (100 miles).
Through cross training, time off, and physical therapy, I bounced back and ran a sub-2:00 Half Marathon in December of 2009. I was so proud with my 1:58:45 time.
Since December 2009, I havenâ€™t done a Half. It was a combination of wanting to do two Marathons and not really having any fun Half Marathons to do!
Thatâ€™s why I was so excited to sign up for the DC National Half Marathon (and you guys know how that went downâ€¦) and the upcoming NYC Half Marathon. My plan was to achieve a sub-1:55 finishing time on one (or both?) of these marathons, and I trained as intelligently as I could. No overtraining, a little yoga, a little strength.
I still donâ€™t know what happened to my knee/leg on my March 10th 12.0-mile run, but whatever it was, itâ€™s been bad enough to pretty much sideline me from running for the last three weeks. This injury dashed all my hopes of running the DC National Half last weekend, and I think itâ€™s going to ruin my hopes of running in the NYC Half Marathon this weekend, too.
So, about this Sundayâ€™s Half Marathonâ€¦
- Iâ€™m still going to NYC this weekend! My mom and I are making into a big mother/daughter field trip. 🙂
- Howeverâ€¦ there is zero way I can run a 1:55, let alone a sub-2:00, Half Marathon in NYC. Even if my knee was back to 100%, I am now super undertrained.
- My knee/leg feels great on an everyday basis. No pain when I sit, walk, or do yoga. However, this is how it felt last week, too, and the moment I began to run, it hurt. I havenâ€™t run a step since last Friday.
- Iâ€™m going to do a test run either today (if weather allows my Girls on the Run troop to run their Practice 5K) or Saturday night in my hotel gym.
- Depending on what my test run reveals, I will walk/run the Half Marathon (which would be AWESOME) OR I will entirely walk the race since I know I can walk without pain. I am NOT missing another race.
So â€“ this is where I need help. As you can tell from my race history, I am used to running Half Marathons. I have never walked 13.1 miles in my entire life, and I have a sneaking suspicion that walking a Half Marathon is a totally different animal than running one.
Part of me is afraid walking a Half Marathon will hurt more (generally, not my specific injury) because the race will last for 3:00 instead of 2:00! Iâ€™ve never done anything like this and have a million questions:
- I have no clue how to pace myself for a walking race â€“ should I just casually stroll or walk with a purpose? How fast?
- Is there race etiquette about walking an entire race? Should I try to stick to one side instead of being in the middle of the course?
- Also, should I fuel mid-race as I normally would during a Half Marathon, taking in calories via Gatorade or Gu? Or do I not need to worry about that as much?
- And last, but not least, is there anyone else doing the More/Fitness Half Marathon this weekend that would like to walk or walk/run with me?! Iâ€™m going to be so lonely. 🙁
Walkers â€“ I need your help!