I registered for the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon on Friday.
I completed the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon in May. I had written about training for the Flying Pig prior to the race. Writing about training kept me honest. Writing about training increased my accountability. Writing about training let my readers know what I was learning as I combined a standard running training schedule with a yoga practice.
I had completed 4 half marathons and one full marathon prior to the Flying Pig. This race was the first race that I had combined running and yoga throughout my race training. I learned (and wrote) that I had never felt better as a runner than I did by combining running with yoga. I never got injured, not even when my mileage increased. Stretching prevented the pain I had often felt in my hips in previous training experiences. Mindful breathing kept me from experiencing side stitches during long runs. A stronger core helped me each time I ran. I found a rhythm to my running and yoga schedule. The extent to which yoga strengthened my running was surprising to me. At the end of the day, I trimmed about 15 minutes off my half marathon time.
After the race ended, I did not immediately register for another race. I stopped running with my pre-Pig consistency. I did not stop running altogether, I simply found it easier to talk myself out of running more frequently. I went from running 4 days a week to 2 days most weeks. I maintained a 3 class a week yoga practice. I realized that I needed to get another fitness goal. Quick. (I don’t think I am the only person who needs a specific goal to stay focused and motivated. That is probably pretty typical.)
I decided to choose a Fall race. I registered for the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon on Friday. I ran 6.5 miles on Saturday morning following Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 12 week training program. It was my first “long” run in several months. (My long run distances will gradually increase as race day nears.) I felt good, but I definitely have my work cut out for me if I want to be ready for November. On the yoga side of things, I did a vinyasa class on Sunday that was really challenging. I was weepy from the moment I put my mat down. My back was unusually tight and it took a good half hour to feel warm and bendy. I guess my body needs to get used to being back on the training horse.
The Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon is November 2. About 53 days from today. I will write about my training experience to let people know what I continue to learn about combining a yoga practice and running. Writing will encourage me to meet my training goals. Writing will chronicle my progress. Writing will celebrate the change of seasons. I will arrive at November 2 in better shape because I will share the experience.