Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let the Training Begin!

I am still in the process of wrapping my mind around the fact that it's actually the beginning of February.  The school year is flying by and the weather is taunting me with thoughts of spring.  With a month into the new year under my belt, it also signals the time for training to begin for my next big race - the Pittsburgh Half Marathon!

With this event only twelve weeks away, I'm definitely both anxious and excited to run around my hometown.  While at the Greensburg Half Marathon I had only ever driven past the starting area, this race will be one in which I have run the routes many times thus knowing the ups, downs, and curves of the road beforehand.  I wonder if this familiarity will be a benefit or hindrance; foreknowledge can be a nice resource, but the unknown can be a good motivator.

To help me keep track of my progress, I've decided to do a weekly training report.  In being someone who has tried and failed many times to journal my feelings in a notebook, I think that blogging about how each run goes will be cathartic, especially on the days when things don't go exactly as planned.  I'll also be forced to take the time to reflect on my workouts instead of just moving on to the next scheduled thing for the day - truly being in the moment.  I'm thinking only good can come from this daily activity!

Check back each Sunday as the chronicles of training unfold and we'll see where it takes us!

Happy Running!

1 comment:

  1. For me, having a bit of familiarity does help. Always seem to do better on the local events. Maybe I am more relaxed, I don't have to think of how to get to the event etc. (don't own a GPS or phone capable of GPS) or anything like that.
    All the best in your continual training! :)