I love Half Marathons.
Oddly enough, I hadn't run a half marathon in over four months. Last weekend's Double restored my love for the 13.1. I was full smiles at both finish lines without feeling completely spent. Sure, I needed strength and endurance to make it the 13 miles, but there was never that crushing wall of hurt that I feel in a full marathon. Once I get past the Eugene Marathon (April 28), I may take a break from 26.2 for awhile... which means I better PR at Eugene.
I need to challenge my Half PR.
When I ran a 1:56 last spring, I didn't think there was any way I'd come close to it again. But I gotta admit, my mind was whirling on Saturday after nearly missing a sub-2 in Alabama... on a rolling course without really pushing myself. It gave me food for thought... if I train specifically for 13.1 again, could I get under 1:55?? I'm thinking of making a return to the flat and fast Fox Cities Marathon (Sept) to do just that.
I want to Double again.
I seriously enjoyed the challenge of back-to-back half marathons, and my body didn't respond too badly either. I thoroughly enjoyed a whole weekend dedicated to running. Impossible to maintain, but fun maybe twice a year. Lucky for me, we have another Double planned for this October... Connecticut and Rhode Island. Plus Kim and I are already looking at a Vermont - New Hampshire Double for Fall 2014.
Recovery is key.
Learning how your individual body responds to running is critical. I practice recovery measures after every long run, and have learned well what works for me and what doesn't. I took the time after the first Half to do the deeds (stretch, ice, compress, walk) and it paid off the next day. In hindsight, I probably should have iced one more time before bed, but us girls were too busy chatting...