All posts tagged: "half-marathon"

Twenty-one point one klicks. Of all the runs I train for, this is my inspiration. I have put my feets upon nearly every race distance from a one-miler to a full marathon but there is something about a half that set one with a feeling of happy accomplishment.

Double Half

It felt like a good training weekend. I have been looking down the barrel at this approaching marathon –just over two months to go– and realizing that I need to start, actually start not just plan to start, cranking up my distance. So I went out on Friday morning (day off) and planning to run about 15 klicks, detoured and ended with a sprint a few blocks from my house at a solid twenty-one point one. Sunday, I was anticipating a bunch of post-marathon washouts from my crew, but Mary followed me for a mid-distance adventure and we trolled a half dozen bridges and clocked a solid twenty-three (though my watch blipped and erased the last three hundred meters!) Two halves, made for just over a full marathon over the weekend. Central Park in November doesn’t feel quite as unreachable this morning.

29 Aug 02016 | asides & shorts | running
Hypothermic Half 2016
Half
Hypothermic Half 2016
7 Feb 02016
I got up at six, ate, caffeinated, dressed, drove and we skittered our way across the ice.
First 2016 Half Distance
21.1 km
First 2016 Half Distance
24 Jan 02016
...because, oh right, I have a race in 2 weeks, remember?
Race Report: Kathy’s Run for Pancreatic Cancer 2015

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26 Oct 02015 | 6 minutes of your time

A hundred or so runners launched into a winding and convoluted route…

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Half Six Minus Twenty-Four

I haven’t run the half marathon distance in about five months. Not even the distance. Close. I’ve touched up near nineteen just last week, and skirted through the high teens on and off both before and after my injury. But twenty-one point one? No. Yet in about twenty-four hours I’ll be queuing up at the start line in a local park with a couple hundred other runners and getting ready to do just that. It’s fair to say I’m starting to get a little nervous. Not that I haven’t prepped. Sure, my distance is a little on the low side (we’re calling it a build-to-the-race style of training instead of a taper) and my expectations are for a solid, running to-complete and not a PR. My calves and back are solid, and I’ve been cross-training those. I’m hydrated (and will be suckling a water bottle for the next day to stay that way) and I’ve got the day off, so I can putz around, relax, get in a stretcher run, and otherwise get my gear in order. Still, there is that same lingering doubt that I’m making an effort to squash and stuff away, the same doubt that I feel before every race and every training run. It somehow feels a little more valid this time.

23 Oct 02015 | asides & shorts | running
Nineteen to Build

In less than a week I’ll be running another half marathon. It’s been nearly five months since I’ve run even that distance, let alone a race despite my (as Leon jokingly pointed out “failed”) goal of running one per month for the duration of 2015. Injury has a way of crushing little things like that, but I suppose it’s more about how you decide to face the challenge of injury and turn around a setback. On Sunday morning we narrowed that distance gap a little further, setting out on what turned into an awesome fall run for nearly nineteen klicks, through trails and streets, from secret side paths to main roads. It wasn’t a run meant to train our physical fitness or make us stronger, so much as it was an outing to boost our confidence… that after five months a half is still within reach. And apparently it is.

19 Oct 02015 | asides & shorts | running
There's probably a bit of dread mixed in too, but getting back on the ol' half marathon horse is exciting.
a sums & pieces for 1 Oct 02015
Ignoring : That Whole Race Goal Running Thing

running 

18 Jun 02015 | 2 minutes of your time

My goal, as I stated at some point much earlier in the year, was to run one half a month.

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Break Mode : Unlocked

One of the problems falling sideways out of a dedicated running schedule is that on those occasions when you need to break out of it, say for a rest after two weekends of back to back long races, is that you tend to feel more guilty than restful. I made the rational decision to consider my mental and physical state and (given the rainy day we’re having) take a day off and instead enjoy a coffee and a treat and some quiet time. Rather than feeling restful, however, I just feel guilty for skipping my run. I guess I need to work on that whole life and balance thing. *sigh*

13 Jun 02015 | asides & shorts | running
Race Report: Calgary Half Marathon 2015

running 

1 Jun 02015 | 5 minutes of your time

rolled in with a 2:04 on the clock. Four minutes slower than my last half, and not quite meeting my soft goal of casually hoping for a sub-two time.

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Lazy & Tapering

Call it a lazy weekend, or call it a taper… either way, I didn’t run very much. (Almost sad, when I call fifteen klicks over a weekend “not very much” though!) The next two weekends, however, are race frenzy. I’ve been signed up for the Calgary half marathon for months, so that was not unexpected. But it seems I’ll be filling in for a leg of the Banff-Jasper Relay just one weekend later. That’s a lot of driving punctuated by a lot of running, nearly a marathon’s worth spread over six days… and nineteen klicks of those is through a high altitude mountain pass. Excited. Daunted. Pondering my own sanity. But either way, I thought I deserved a moderately quiet and restful weekend with the family in anticipation.

25 May 02015 | running

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