A new month is here and I’m ready for a new challenge. I’m ready to take the next step in trail running (remember that I started trail running in January). I’ll be increasing from the 10k distance to the half marathon distance. My first race will be up in beautiful Tahoe in just 3 weeks! Wanna join me? I signed up for the Burton Creek ½ Marathon:
Stepping it up to the half marathon distance has been the plan all along. I just wasn’t sure if I’d be ready. I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to increase my mileage up to just about 30 miles a week. I’ll still increase it a bit more before the next half, but for now it’s a decent start. I’m also comfortable running 10 – 12 miles on the trail. These were two goals I wanted to accomplish before the first half marathon. So, I think I’m ready!
Because this first ½ marathon is at altitude, I’ll need to approach it a bit differently. I’ll be going with a different attitude than my usual competitive one (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself). I’d like the experience of running a trail half marathon on a supported course (snacks and water provided!) without putting pressure on myself. In other words, I’d like to go out there and have fun. Yep, I said it…..”fun.” Don’t get me wrong, I plan on running it hard, but I won’t expect miracles since I haven’t done any altitude training. Fortunately, this is only the first out of 3 or 4 half marathons. There’s still a lot of time to improve.