I hear the whistle in the distance. Faint, but getting louder, coming closer.
Half marathon. Ready or not, it’s coming.
Getting ready is the challenge right now. Training plans, equipment questions, all of it – but mainly, finding the time to run.
I love CrossFit. We all know this. With work and home and complicated lives, I can’t really give much more time to fitness than I already do. So, giving up a little bit of CrossFit time to spend more time running has to happen. It’s a temporary tradeoff in pursuit of a big goal.
One good thing about running is I can do it pretty much anywhere. Or, it’s at least more flexible than getting to my gym at a certain time. Even still, life is hectic. It takes some creativity to fit it in.
Here’s an example of what that looks like:
In a recent 10-day span I did 4 training runs, 4 wildly different places.
First, Philadelphia. I flew in late one Friday night, on the way to my family reunion. Searching online for tracks and trails near my hotel, I saw a posting about the Rocky Steps. So, I mapped a route along the Schuylkill River to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 4 miles early on a Saturday morning including the Rocky Steps (twice!). Done. Then, off to the Reading Terminal Market for some local deliciousness.
Next, Spring Lake, NJ. Gorgeous run on their 2-mile boardwalk (each way, for a total of four miles) just along the Atlantic, first thing in the morning with many other runners. I looked a little out of place in my Panama City Beach shirt (air conditioned all the way up the back), but why not? “Beach, Please” came true! Then, off to family time.
Back home later in the week, a five-mile after work slog at a park near my home. Late afternoon, on a route that usually suits me well but this time it was awful. I blame the time of day and the heat, but discouraging in spite of the nice lake view.
Finally, a two-mile run after a Saturday morning strength workout at the gym. Five long hilly laps in the parking lot. Not the most impressive scenery but the sun gave me a smile as I turned to head down the hill. Had to get it in somehow. Not every run can be beachside.
Four runs, one busy ten-day span. My training weeks will each look different. It’s an adaptation of my summer vacation workout routines. Making it work, however I can, whatever is needed, wherever I am. The train continues to get closer! I am determined to be as ready as I can be.