I’m so excited for tomorrow, because I get to cheer on one of my best friends in her first distance race! I should be running beside her, but I’m taking some time to allow my foot and leg to heal before marathon training….but that’s another story.
Tomorrow, Wendy will run her first half marathon and I’m so proud of the work and dedication she has put in to cover the 13.1 with other awesome Zooma Annapolis half marathoners. It will be a warm June day, but otherwise perfect Go WENDY!!!!
I made her watch Spirit of the Marathon last night. It was a ritual introduced to me when I first started training, so I passed it on to her. The look of excitement built up as she watched other runners remember their training and conquer their race. It’s definitely a confidence building documentary, something we can all use before a big endeavor!
I also recently interviewed Wendy about her experience training for Zooma – Annapolis. Here are her answers:
First time half marathoner!
M: Why did you sign up for Zooma and why did you want to do a half marathon?
W: I wasn’t always a runner and I definitely perceived them as hard core athletes. When I started to get into it (AKA running more than 3 miles was enjoyable) I started to think that I could join the elite. So with some encouragement, I signed up for ZOOMA. At the time, I had only ever run a 4 mile race, so I definitely dove right in. I wanted the challenge and the accomplishment, so I could feel like a true runner. I chose ZOOMA specifically because the atmosphere seemed so supportive and fun. Being surrounded by other women doing the same thing and having a girly celebration afterward was motivating and drew my attention.
M: How did you choose a training plan?
W: I perused the internet and found the Hal Higdon Training Program. I chose the Novice 1 plan because it seemed to be very well balanced. It had a gradual increase in mileage with some cross training/strength training thrown in there. Because I signed up so early (January), I stretched it out, doubling up on some weeks.
M: What has been your favorite and least favorite part of training so far?
W: My favorite part has been seeing that I can actually do it. This past weekend I ran 8 miles for the first time and the fact that I didn’t seem like a big deal, was a big deal. Adding mileage has become routine and is no longer daunting, and I love the confidence that I have developed from that. My least favorite part is just working it around the social aspects of my life. Sometimes it can be inconvenient, but overall, I have been able to make it work without having to sacrifice anything else.
M: What are your goals for race day?
K: To finish and feel good about how I did it. I would like to run the whole thing and finish strong with a smile on my face. I don’t have a time goal because I think that I just want to enjoy the journey. This is a pretty big accomplishment, so I figure I can get bogged down in the details in my second one.
M: Any suggestions for those who are thinking about running and training for their first half?
W: Have a schedule. Right now I have my schedule posted on my fridge and I get to cross out each workout as I complete it. It takes out all of the guess work and planning and you just have to go with it. Also, tell people your training. People are usually pretty impressed and want to support you. Whenever I talk to my dad after a long run, he gets so excited which is wonderful validation. My fiancé and internship partner (cough Melissa) have also been great in encouraging me when I was having an off day. Having a cheering section has made this entire process much more enjoyable.
I hope you have found inspiration and motivation in Wendy’s words! I cannot wait to cheer her on