This is my second post as part of the Travel Tuesday linkup with Compass Rose. Apparently I have been a bit busy as this is also my second post in a week. The topic for this post has been on my mind a lot lately as I ramped up my training for the half-marathon in November.
Training gives me a plan for exercise, but a plan is only good for me with a goal that is exciting. I have trained for probably 6 half-marathons at this point, maybe more. I have lost count. Several years ago, I trained for 3 in less than a year. That was probably too many for me and I pretty much quit running cold turkey.
Last year, I was quite focused on yoga when I completed a teacher training program. I thought at some level that yoga would give me the space that I needed to feel happy and healthy. What I found is that yoga is not enough for me. This summer, I had the first inkling that I needed to get back to running. I went for a few runs early this summer.
Then one of my besties invited me and a couple other girls to join her in running the Big Sur Half-Marathon. I wavered and then in a moment of inspiration or masochism on our European adventure, I signed up.
Thankfully when we got back, I had a few weeks before training started. I started running regularly in early September and surprisingly it felt good, really, really good. I felt a little bit like I had finally found the missing component for my well-being. Yoga is good for me, but it is not enough.
Once I was back in training, a few other opportunities to run races with friends have appeared. This weekend we are running the Oktoberun 5k with friends locally. Next month we are headed to see our East Coast friends and we will enjoy running the Cooper Norcross Run Across the Bridge 10K. Sorta loving that we are now combining travel with racing and better yet racing with friends!
Of course as with just about every half-marathon that I have trained, I am a week off in my training, so I will have to cut off a week at some point.
Do you enjoy training and racing with friends?