Here’s the scoop… many moons ago I did my first half marathon. I was super nervous! I joined a local run camp that met every Saturday morning during the winter. I did it with my friend (we alternated driving) and then I met two incredible people/running partners that helped me power through. I always knew I needed and wanted to meet up with them.
I finished in 2:04, which I was and still am, damn proud of. It currently stands as my PR and as you can see by the goofy grin on my face I was overflowing with excitement. Then I kind of fell off the quality training track. Part of me was a bit burned out and the other part was the lack of structure. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed sleeping in on Saturdays again (we got up and running around 8 am if memory serves) but I also knew it helped me cross the finish line strong.
So, there is another training camp starting on June 21st. It’s 18 weeks long and can either be 1/2 marathon training or the full 26.2. Since I have the Detroit marathon on the docket I would use this as my training. It’s $120 for the entire duration and offers Saturday runs, a weekly run if you want to and track sessions. Training camp will end the week after my race so it’s perfect timing really.
What’s the problem? Saturday runs START at 7 am. Not to mention, I haven’t been very good with sticking with a training plan since that first 1/2. My discipline is kind of in the toilet and I’m very good at putting off what I could do today until tomorrow (or the next day). I’m worried I will lay down the cash and then drift by the wayside.
On the other hand, I want to do WELL in Detroit. I’m eager to hit a time that starts with a 4 rather than a 5. It may seem silly but I want to cross the finish line feeling like I did when I crossed the finish line of the Dopey – that I gave it my all.
By the way, did you know I sometimes wear my Dopey medal around when I’m at home?
I’m probably making a decision based on this post. I’m just doubting my follow through. I need encouragement. I need accountability. I need some confidence. I need… something. Clearly. The first day of camp will be the weekend of my Charlevoix 1/2 marathon but I’m not too worried about this as I can jump in the next weekend.
One more thing. I signed up for camp one other time in the past – probably two winters ago? First time around I was in the 10 min pace group. I certainly didn’t belong there the next time around and our first run I was huffing and puffing long behind the rest of the group. So much so that one of the coaches was hanging back simply to make sure I didn’t get lost. I was deeply embarrassed and felt like a failure. At least when I train on my own, I’m the only one to witness those unfortunate running days.
What do you think after reading all of this? Share your words of wisdom! Make my decision!