We're getting down to the end of Year 30. Only 120 days left before the 31st Birthday and my self imposed challenge of running a Half Marathon. At the end of the day, it was definitely my call to choose this for a year long challenge, but some of the blame has to go to my friends Joel and Dave. We were talking, last June, about our next big projects and where we want to be in the coming months. Joel had big goals and a well plotted plan, Dave had some goals and an image of what he wanted to build and I... well I had no real solid plans at all. I had originally planned to spend Year 28 and then Year 29 trying to learn how to swim as an adult. Sadly, when there is a pandemic on, those kind of goals have to get re-prioritized.
When I really thought about it though, I remembered how much fun I had when I started running and just getting out there and being on the trail. (We have over 50 miles of it here) Then couple that with the fact that the first guy who ran a marathon died, I thought a half marathon seemed like a safe bet while still giving me something to grow towards. With fluctuating lockdowns and mandates, I settled on a virtual race that would allow me to map my own race and course.
Living at 3, 333 elevation has its perks and its downsides. Also knowing that its been a mild winter and that usually is followed by a hard fire season makes this extra tricky this year. We might have clear skies and 90 degrees, or it might be smoky and unbearable, or it might even snow. You never really know with Montana :)
I've been using the C25K, then the C210K and I'll finish it off with the Couch to 13.1Miles app, all free. They've really helped me not over train but also keep me accountable for the milage and timing that I'm out there. Its been really nice to see my splits and pace drop as I grow stronger. Here's to the final 120 Days and all the adventures that come with it!
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