|This photo is totally relevant - I swear!|
I know that completing the half marathon will not be easy. I mean, remember this photo? Yeah, that part of the half marathon kind of sucked despite Barbara's best efforts to keep my spirits up and my feet moving. I know that I will get to a point where I want to quit but I also know that I won't quit. The only thing that will get me through those moments is the training that I am doing right now. So yes, these training runs are worth it. No matter how much things hurt or how tired I am I just have to keep moving.
Today I had a tempo run on my plan. This meant I would warm up by running 1 mile, run 3 miles at a defined pace (8:47/mi), then cool down. During the warm up I realized that my legs were already tired but I was hoping that the farther I'd get that they would loosen up a bit. Luckily they did and during the first mile of the tempo pace I felt good. About half way through the tempo mile I felt alright and when the third tempo mile started I could feel myself fading. My Garmin kept me on pace but I kept thinking that once the tempo miles were done that I'd pause for a few seconds to drink some water and maybe even walk a little. Then I thought... Is that really worth it? All I had left was the cool down and I knew that as long as I kept moving that I'd finish sooner. I just kept thinking that I'd run the next block and then do a head-to-toe check and figure out if I wanted/could continue running. Turns out - I could keep running and I did keep running. The feeling at the end of the run was amazing.
I looked back at my training to find out how long it took me to run 5 miles. The first time I ran that full distance was when I was training with Team Challenge for the Rock-n-Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon. The run took me 56:10 and today I covered the same distance in 44:53 ... yep. Definitely worth it.
When do you question "is it worth it"? Was it?