Getting Anxious About My First Half This Fall Already!

With less than three months to go until the Allstate Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon I’m starting to get a little nervous.

I know I still have plenty of training time left, but I’m a pretty anxious person when it comes to these kind of things.

I’m the person who shows up to a dinner date with friends 30 minutes early because I’m afraid something will go wrong that will cause me to be 30 minutes late.

On Friday night Adam and I went to the JT and Jay-Z Legends of the Summer Tour and we showed up three hours early!

JT and Jay-z

(image source: Reuters)

Part of that wasn’t my doing; the website said the concert started at one time, the tickets said a different time and then the performers took the stage late… but even without all the mix ups, we still would have arrived early because that’s just what I do.

I plan things way in advance. I show up much earlier than anyone else. I need to know that everything is going to go just right all the time.

If it were up to me I would run a 15 mile long run 8 weeks before the half, and then do it again and again 10 more times before the race just so I know I can.

I know that’s not reasonable nor a healthy way to approach half marathon training, but it’s what would help me feel like I’m in total control of the situation! It’s the running equivalent of showing up to dinner 30 minutes early.

Since I can’t go with my “play it really safe” plan, I’ve been pushing myself during training. Whenever I feel like stopping, taking an extra walking break or lengthening my walking break I remind myself that I could easily end up in the sweeper bus if I don’t keep going. I’m not a fast runner so too many extra walking breaks could definitely end up in me being swept (yikes!).


The best part of pushing myself is that I’m finding I am stronger than I thought; my body can do so much more than my brain tells it that it can.

It’s good to be making this discovery during training because it’ll be another tool to add to my toolbox for the actual half.

The final thing that is worrying me is that I’m doing most of my runs on the treadmill right now. It’s just been so crazy hot out.

I’ll be going on vacation next week and once we return home I’m re-committing to doing my long runs outdoors again. I love running outdoors and I need to acclimate myself to the heat again.

How is your training going? 

What do you do to pass the time on the treadmill? 


1 Comment

  1. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running
    August 19, 2013 / 10:57 am

    I’ve been doing most of my runs on the treadmill, too, which makes me feel awful when I finally do a run outdoors and am not nearly the superwoman I thought I was. But the good news is that it’ll cool down with plenty of time to work in outdoor running for your half. In the meantime, make sure to run on an incline once in awhile so you’re practicing a more difficult standard. You’re doing great!!