It was an offer I couldn’t refuse… but maybe one I should have?
“I thought that since you all are turning 40 this year, we should all sign up for the Disney Star Wars Half-Marathon and run it and go to see Galaxy’s Edge. We can call it… ‘May the 40th be with you!’”
The idea checked all the right boxes… Friends, Running, Disney, Star Wars, escaping the infinite rainy season of Seattle right at the point where I would forget that there’s a way to do weather that’s not 40°F and raining.
The race itself wasn’t a requirement . Rather, it was a rallying point — a convenient way to pick a date for a trip without needing a consensus. Still.. the idea of running a half marathon, and booking it almost a year in advance, tripped some circuits in my head that I thought had long-since atrophied.
It reminded me that I used to have a thirst for running, and I haven’t felt that way for a while now. In particular, in the last fifteen years my running has been haphazard and has lacked focus. Even when I set up a big goal (e.g., trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2016), I didn’t come at it with a realistic plan (I trained 3 days a week and completed two horrific marathons). I’ve tried to get away with the bare minimum investment in running. I have not made the plans or the commitments that would help me improve.
In total, it’s been a bit of a debacle, especially since I attempted marathons in 2016. I’d like to do it differently in 2020. My guiding principles will be:
- Run more often.
- Run higher mileage.
- Don’t worry about cross-training.
- Integrate strength/flexibility into my pre/post-run routines.
- Listen to your body and don’t over-train, but it’s also OK to feel tired sometimes.
I’ll be writing more about all this in upcoming posts.
And yes, I signed up for the Rival Run half marathon scheduled on April 19, 2020.