Are you a new runner or you’re already a runner but races are not your thing? Then you’re probably a bit afraid of your first half marathon. 21km, 13 miles, it’s not a bike ride. Even on a bike 21km is a good distance, imagine running it.
Well, I’ve done so many half marathons I don’t even count them any more.
Run baby, run!
And I’m still afraid of half marathon. Why?
Let’s face it, I’m a slow type of runner. Of course you can discuss that, everything is relative, my pace can be fast for someone or slow for another runner but in my standards I’m slow. I’m not negative, I can recognize my strengths: I’m resistant and I recover quite fast. Speed- not my forte. That’s why half marathons are a really serious test for me.
When it comes to running, the shorter the distance, fewer excuses you can have.
In the marathon or ultra everything can happen, you start at the top of your form and then, after 10-15 km something happens because it takes time to cover the distance and the load on your body is major. 10 km or half marathon..a little bit of strategy but in essence you give what you have,the faster the better.
For someone who used to race every other weekend (yep, I’ll tell you about it in another post) I ran not a lot of races last year. And I have to say it was good for me, last year was, from the personal point of view, really stressful and delusional. As a result I had little to none motivation to go out, race, ecc.#life You can imagine that in this situation standing on the start line with thousands of people wasn’t something I was looking for. #anxiety #stress #life
Now I feel better and my objective for 2019…
aaah, you thought I had no resolutions for 2019? Think twice.
Is to do things that scare me. A bit. It’s like with exercise: a bit of stress in small doses is good, too much too often.
So half marathon it is. Or two half marathons. I’ve signed, I’m sealed (training hoping to be ready) and I hope to deliver.
What’s the distance you’re afraid of?
Are you preparing any race this year?
Are you more stressed or emotional before a race?
Any pre-race routine to calm down?