Oh boy. The NYC Half Marathon is three and a half weeks away. Well that kind of snuck up, didn’t it??
When I signed up for the NYC Half, at the time, it seemed like a good idea and one way to keep me running through the winter. That was until it started snowing…and snowing…and snowing.
It’s been hard to stay motivated when I’ve been relegated to the treadmill more often than I would like. I have no problem running outside in the cold but with my knee acting finicky from time to time, the last thing I want to do is test it out on the slick sidewalks and roads. But running on the treadmill? It’s such a mental challenge for me. I run a lot slower and everything just feels so.much.harder.
When I started running in earnest again in December, I hadn’t been running much because of a bad case of plantar fasciitis and my focus on yoga teacher training. To be honest, it was a struggle. I felt slow and out of shape (cardiovascularly). My knee and everything else hurt. I lamented to my run coach Jess that I was frustrated and worried about building up my mileage – afraid that I wasn’t going to get there.
I’ve been building my mileage slowly because I really don’t want to be re-injured. Last week was a turning point in my training for the NYC Half Marathon. My runs felt good and my pace felt a better. AND I ran 8 miles on the treadmill and didn’t dread it. I’ve been building on that momentum this week and ran my long run on Wednesday – 9 miles outside and it was kind of great. It was my longest run since September.
I’m hoping that this continues for a few more weeks!
Are you training for a race? How have you dealt with the crazy winter weather and running?
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