In 2012 and 2013, I ran two half marathons each year. I ran a spring half marathon, took about a month to heal, trained for a summer sprint triathlon, and then jumped into fall half marathon training. This worked for me, as I usually felt injured for about a month post race. Well- this year I’m mixing it up a bit.
That’s right- I registered for a summer half marathon! It was part post-race high, part not wanting to wait until the end of August to really train again, and a little persuasion by Melissa (who is also running!), and on Easter (with a price increase impending) I decided to take the leap!
We’ll see how it feels to jump back into training again so close to my last half marathon. Here’s my main concern- the heat. With having POTS, things can get kind of nasty in the heat. I can get dizzy quickly, and with POTS it’s not easy to cool myself well (that part of my system is a little bit malfunction-y). Maybe it’ll be a cooler than average day, and I’ll be fine. If it’s hotter than average, then it’ll be really slow going for me, and a PR will be absolutely out of the question. That’s not something I’m really worrying about right now, but it is on my mind as I go into training and prepping for race day again!
No matter what, I want this *bonus half marathon* to be a fun one, so we’ll see how it all goes! I’m ready for a new adventure 🙂 And yes- I’ll be doing all of these things to try to avoid injury!
Now it’s your turn to share! Have you done a summer half marathon before? Any tips for training differently (besides slower pace and more hydration/salt)?