This past Sunday marked one year from my first and only half marathon. As much as I would have liked to run it again this year, it just wasn’t in my deck of cards. When I first started running I was chomping at the bit to try racing every distance. Now it’s a different story. I don’t want to just race a distance to say I ran a half marathon I want to race it and know that I was fully capable of pushing myself to the limit. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret racing the half marathon it was a great experience, but it taught me a lot too.
I really don’t think I was ready. Yes I could run the distance physically but mentally I wasn’t. Running was still SO new to me. I wasn’t used to racing, I had only done one 5K prior, and I just wasn’t used to the mental blocks the come with running either. Running a 13 mile run around the comfort of my own neighborhood vs. a race in a new locations is completely different! I was not expecting the huge adrenaline rush, how to pace myself, how to deal with mental insecurities, and having people sprint past me. It was intense, but nonetheless a learning experience.
I wanted to come back in 2012 and kill it, but hey maybe next year.
For now, I’m focusing on shorter distances and trying to get over my race anxiety! I gotta start small and work my way up so that they next time I race a half, I’ll be ready!
Congratulations to everyone who raced “Run like a Diva Long Island” this year! It’s a great and super fun race.
SO tell me… have you ever looked back on your races and felt unprepared?