Two Half Marathons in Two Weeks

I’ve done it before.

I ran my first half marathon two weeks before I ran my second. The build up, hard work, and anticipation leading up to those two weeks made crossing the finish lines after 13.1 some of the happiest moments of my life.  My first half marathon was a symbolic gesture of hard work and determination to do something I never thought I would do.

This time around, things are a little bit different.

These upcoming two half marathons are “fun” races.  No pressure, no nervousness, much less pride in what I’m doing because I’ve done it before.  Aside from doing our long runs on the weekends with some shorter distance runs during the week, we didn’t follow a half marathon training plan.  I’m untuned.

I wouldn’t classify it as not trying or not putting forth my best effort.  I actually feel like I’m running faster in general than I was before Rock n’ Roll Arizona in January.  And I can’t say that I won’t try to PR or try to leave as many people in my dust as I possibly can (I’m far too competitive for my own good).  But I also won’t feel defeated if I don’t.

But, we have our reasons.

In June, we will kick-off our marathon training (dun dun dun).

I realize how lucky I am to run my first marathon in Chicago, one of the top 5 marathons in the world, and I don’t want to waste it.  I want to cross that finish line knowing that I pulled out all the stops, and I want a race and a time that I’m proud of.  If I’m not bawling like a baby at the end, so overwhelmed with happiness and dehydration, I will be disappointed.

But I also know that after all of that running (10 mile runs during the week, and 20 miles during the weekend????), by the time I hit the “peak,” I will be so burned out on running that I will consider taking up competitive step aerobics instead.

Even after 3 months of training when 10 miles WAS my long run, I was ready to take a break.  The last thing I want is to kick off marathon training already bored with it.

So, we didn’t follow a training plan for these halves.

Every once in a while, I need to just enjoy the ride.  Plus, I think racing in itself can be part of the marathon training.  More experience with juggling water stations, course bathrooms, and proper pacing is never a bad thing. And who knows.  I didn’t really train for Arizona either (there are about 10 blog posts of me internally struggling between desperately needing to train and not wanting to because it was cold and warm Christmas alcoholic beverages needed my attention). I still ended up with a PR time and I felt really good.

And, this has all also reaffirmed my decision to run a full marathon.  When you are no longer as excited about achieving a goal that you’ve reached, maybe it is time to move on to bigger goals.

Have a happy weekend everyone!

8 thoughts on “Two Half Marathons in Two Weeks

  1. You’ll be fine! I did one last Sunday with no training whatsoever and it went just as good as all my prior races. I think a lot of it is mental, so once you know that your body is capable of running for 13.1 miles, it’s a lot easier. I have another one in San Diego next Sunday too and I’m not training again haha.

    • I completely agree with the mental part! I feel like the only way I was able to PR for my last half marathon was talking myself through it. Good luck in San Diego next weekend!

  2. I’ve done the two-halves-in-two weekends before and it has always turned out great. Each time I’ve PR’d in one of the two, so I can’t complain. The next big challenge is two halves in ONE weekend, which I might try and do this summer. Fingers crossed.

    Good luck with the summer time training for Chicago!

    • Thank you! I know I am not yet at the level where I could run 2 in one weekend without being pretty miserable for the 2nd, so that is pretty impressive if you’re going to try. One blogger I follow ran a marathon last Saturday and then Boston on Monday (she’s doing a Ragnar Relay right now). I don’t think I could ever do that (not that I’d even want to).

  3. Good Luck Amy ! I am kinda at the same stage in my training. I’ve already run 2 half marathons this year and as I have my 3rd coming up on the 1st of May. The thought of 21.1km no longer fills me with fear… I kinda know how to pace myself and where what needs to happens. I am lucky to be part of a Running Club and now we’ve moved into out 2nd phase of training where we doing intervals and hill training. I also train with guys, which actually pushes me to unbelievable levels. Its been good for stopping me getting bored. I look forward to hearing about your training journey to Chicago. Lucky lady 🙂

    • I’ll start the speed training in June, and I’m kind of looking forward to it! I’m ready to start getting faster. Good luck next weekend!

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