Well I "kinda" have a half marathon this weekend.
As a Father's Day gift, Mrs. Schlub was purchasing me an entry into a Father's Day virtual run called Father's Day Virtual Beer Run. Typical virtual run where you pay your entry fee, you have a certain time frame to complete your run, and your finisher medal is mailed to you a few weeks after.
Now when Mrs. Schlub told me about it, I was super excited. Due to injuries earlier this year, she has two more finisher medals than I do. So this will get me one medal closer to her (I know I know it's not all about the bling lol). So when she asked what distance I wanted to run, I immediately chose the half marathon distance.
My plan is to hit my normal trails on Saturday and just extend my run to 13.1 miles for my first ever half marathon. Now the distance itself doesn't worry me, I ran 11.5 miles two weeks ago and then 10 miles just last week. The thing that is worrying me is making sure I have enough water. I will be starting out as early as I can but as you have seen the last couple weeks, we are well into the 100's here in AZ. I will be taking my Camelbak with me but I also have some backup. I plan to have two bag drops out on the trail just in case I am running low on water. This is making me feel real confident about the run. So before I hit the trail I'll drive to two entry points into separate trails and leave my extra water. If I don't use them, I can easily retrieve them after the run to make sure I'm not leaving unwanted debris behind.
So I will be running my first official/unofficial half marathon this Saturday and I cant tell you how stoked I am. Plan to take tons of pictures and hopefully come next week, the only "standard" runs left to knock off my list is the full marathon next February and if I plan correctly, an Ultra Marathon next April/May.
Did/Do you keep track of your race distances as you knock off all the standard distances??
Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!