I spent this morning looking at some half marathon training plans. I am already signed up to run the Chicago Half Marathon in September, but I have been kicking around the idea of running the Chicago Mich Ultra Half in May as well. In my mind, I’d rather train for two half marathons than one full marathon. I know the havoc wreaked upon my body just training for a half; I’m afraid training for a full would hurt me physically and mentally more than it would help me. I am also over the idea that to reach a running pinnacle of sorts, I have to run a full.
So here I sit, pondering if I should train for this half in May.
Reasons why I think I should:
- I need motivation to run — a goal to strive for.
- It will kick up my weight loss efforts, which have been floundering, to say the least.
- I can get TWO extra pieces of race bling — because by running the half in May AND September I qualify for an extra medal.
Reasons why I am hesitating:
- Long runs — even the moderately long runs — during the week are exhausting. I have to get up really early to get the miles in.
- I have been achy lately. I am doing all sorts of different exercise to keep myself motivated and moving. I find myself creaky a lot of the time. I’ll only get more creaky if I train for a half.
- I live in constantly mortal dread of injury, even with doing the things my physical therapists have taught me.
- I have to work some runs — long runs — in while I am on a cruise over my spring break — AND a long run for sure the weekend my daughter graduates from college.
- For instance, one plan I am looking at has me doing a 7 mile run on my cruise and an 11 mile run the weekend my daughter graduates. Another plan has me doing a 6 mile run on my cruise and a 9 mile run on graduation weekend. The last plan has me doing an 8 mile run on the cruise and a 10 mile run on graduation weekend.
So, running friends, got any advice?