My training app reminded me that I’ve reached the halfway mark. I’m now 6 weeks out from the Rock N Roll Dublin Half Marathon. And while I’m feeling good, I have to admit that my pace isn’t what I’d hoped it be at this point.
So, before I slip into one of my perfectionist meltdowns and thinking there’s no way I can meet my time goal, I figured now’s a good time to stop and remember why I started training in the first place:
- My husband thought it would be cool to run a race as part of our honeymoon. Seriously. We’re building our trip to Ireland around running the Rock N Roll Dublin Half Marathon. I’ll be the first to admit this wasn’t my idea. But, when he suggested it, I couldn’t say no to it, either. It just seemed like the perfect “runner” thing to do. I’m sure there’s a couple of runners out there that have already done the same thing (and if so, I’d love to hear what you did/where you went), but I have to admit it’s kinda nice to do something a little off the beaten path for your honeymoon.
- Traveling to race makes for a much more interesting vacation. Honeymoon or not, I contend that running a locale is different. Running lets you experience locations, cities, and neighborhoods differently than just another walking tour or drive. So why not take the chance to experience another country that way?
- I want to beat my half marathon personal record (PR). I can’t lie and say that’s not a goal for this race. Heck, this has been the goal for every half marathon since I set my PR–2 hours, 27 minutes, and 32 seconds–in December, 2014. And if I’m honest, this is the goal that has me worrying the most.
And as I write this out, I’m reminded that there’s more to running than the time on the clock. Is the time goal important? Sure. Is it the only thing that matters here? No. When all else fails, the only thing I can do is run bravely, and let the rest take care of itself.