I’ve lived and have been running in NYC for about 7 years now. For 6 of those years I never ran the NYC Half Marathon. But this year the lottery gods were on my side, and I finally received an entry through NYRR. I’ve always heard how fun of a race it is, and what a great course it is, so I was pumped to be part of it this year.
With the marathon about 2 months behind me and being right in the middle of the long, cold winter months, I had been feeling less than motivated to run and was getting antsy to train for something, anything. So this was perfect timing. I picked out a training plan I found online, and put everything in my calendar. Long runs on the weekends, some hill work, plans to go to the track, added in some cross training and yoga days. I was ready to go!
Week 1 came and went and - running wise - was kind of .. no it WAS.. a fail. It’s okay, I told myself, next week you will get to it. Well, week 2 came and went and same thing. Aaaaand week 3 was a repeat of weeks 1 and 2.
I don’t know what it was, but running felt SO. FREAKIN. HARD. My weekend long runs were mostly awful feeling and there were several times I thought to myself “How on earth did I run 26.2 miles only 2 months ago?!”. Any weekday hill or speed work plans I had were thrown out the window. Those runs just became about getting in a few miles.
With March 19th quickly approaching, I was feeling like I had lost my running mojo and was not looking forward to the race at all anymore. Even the day before and the morning of, the pre-race excitement adrenaline was not kicking in. I just wanted to get it over with.
Well, for how crabby pants I was about the whole thing, to my utter shock, I had SO MUCH FUN and totally crushed the course feeling strong AF. There was no PR, but it was the second best half marathon I’ve ever run. The second I crossed that finish line, before even looking at my watch to see my time, I thought to myself: “Oh yea! Stella’s got her groove back!”
So this all obviously has me thinking, what gives?! How did I go from being miserable about even running the NYC Half to having one of my best races in a loooooooong time?Read More