Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Half...

...that's how it's referred to: "The Half." It's the one word I dread and yet I get excited about at the same time. I started training on March 15, the first two weeks I...ROCKED...IT!!! Hard core rocked it, I enjoyed the running, I was getting great times, I was really getting the hang of this whole running thing. Last Monday and Tuesday, I felt like things were going good...getting all my miles in, staying within my pace, just felt awesome and felt like I was doing good.

Then Wednesday I signed up "The Half," I committed to it. I paid my money and I announced it to the world. Both Friday, Saturday and Monday nothing but crappy runs!!! Like last Friday, I was supposed to run 6 miles but for the life of me, I couldn't go further than 5.7 miles...really Alyssa? You couldn't suck it up for .3 miles? Nope, I couldn't...I hit the stop button and had to get off the treadmill.

On Monday, some old lady was on my favorite treadmill that I like because it's pretty basic to use and right in front of Ellen. So I decide to use the updated new fancy treadmill but I couldn't get it started then all of the sudden it kicked on at 10 MPH!?! WAY OVER MY SPEED LIMIT!!! So I said screw it, got on one of the old school ones and sucked it up to no Ellen. I get to 17 minutes and all the sudden the water I'd been drinking to rehydrate myself kicked it and I was running like a little kid to the bathroom. I hopped back on to get a total of two miles in, which was what was on the schedule for Tuesday so I just switched the days.

Tuesday I got all six miles in barely under my 12 minute/mile pace I'm shooting for. Wednesday I was supposed to be meet Sarah to run but it was threatening storms all day so I got in a quick 1.5 at lunch then luckily the ran held off so I ran a mile to the park to meet her, walked 3.5 with her then walk/ran the mile back home. Today is another six miles and then tomorrow is finally a rest day. I'm definately going to kick it into high gear and rock out the miles today.

So now that I've had really crappy runs since I've signed up, I'm totally freaking out about "The Half." A seasoned half-runner, who I've never met-gotta love the support from the Internet and fellow runners, volunteered to pace me and run the entire half with me. Now I really don't want to let her down or myself! Hopefully this is just a mental block and I'll get over it but as I said, I'm totally freaking out now!

8 comments :

d.a.r. said...

I will add to your cheering squad if you want!! I am not planning on running it for any sort of goal time, so I would love to help out!

Hang in there, we all have ups and downs--my training has been full of bumps lately!

Miranda Tucci said...

You can do it girl! You've already accomplished so much already! :-)

Stephany said...

I know all about bad runs...except a bad run for me is only running half a mile. Ha!

But you're still doing great. When my mom was training for her half, she found out that people who train for halfs/marathons don't ever run the whole thing while training, they usually try to get to 10 miles/23 miles. I don't know why but I thought that info might help a little!

xoxoKrysten said...

You can do it, you can do it!

Adie said...

Total mental block - You are going to ROCK IT!!!

Krystie said...

at least you are running girl! I can't even get that far! LOL I'm blaming it on the weather. Who wants to go out in the rain and hail? Not me!

Amanda said...

I bet right now it's just the block because it's so real! But You're going to do awesome!

Faith said...

Dude, I can't even run around the tiny track in the playground across the street from my house so you're already kickin' my butt. Keep up the good work!