Dear Half-Marathoner (#003)

Wondering what all these letters are? Check out my first letter and second letter to myself for more details. Every week, I shall be writing a letter to the future half-marathoner of 26 March 2017, sending out good vibes, keeping her training in check and overall pushing her from today until race day. Hope you enjoy it!

I’m linking up with Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC for her Training Recap linkup and HoHo and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap! Do check out their training and other bloggers for some real inspiration!

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Dear 26 March Self,

Today’s my third letter to you. In 4 weeks, you’ll be tip toeing to the start line of your first half-marathon. This week was the penultimate week of high mileage before taper time. You definitely felt that fact hit you like a brick throughout the week. It’s alright! Before I go on to give you some advice, let’s recap all that you accomplished this week:

Your legs felt like lead even for an easy 4 mile run. As with every Monday, you had to lace up after an uber long day at work. So, pat yourself on the back for actually getting your run in. Also, below is what you posted in the heat of the moment. Remember these golden words always.
4 mile splits –> 17:12, 16:45, 16:40, 16:09

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Some days will suck. Period. Embrace it! Today was one such day. After being on my toes the entire day at work followed by piano lessons and getting home late, I thought lacing up would be the hardest part of tonight's run. Turns out, that was the easiest. My legs felt heavy and my breathing felt heavier. After a mile, when I stopped to give up was when I asked myself, why am I doing all this? On such days is when we really need to pause, forget about the intimidating goal ahead and reflect on our intent. Are we really doing all this for one coveted goal or for something sustainable forever. It's alright that you didn't go too far today, you at least marched ahead. It's alright to pause in retrospect. Don't honey bees also pause momentarily before producing the ambrosial honey???

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Your favorite hill repeats. Physically, you felt like death. I guess, that’s because of those amazing paces that you hit!!!
6x 400 m @13:14, 12:49, 12:22, 12:52, 12:02, 13:25 min/mile

Mandatory rest day!

Not a mandatory rest day. You were off from work on Friday and hence decided to switch up your runs and take an extra rest day.

Let’s just say that today wasn’t the day you envisioned. You’re partly to blame, not completely. So don’t beat yourself up for it. Here’s the gist!

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Let's talk about today! A day off from work which automatically translated for a runner as a day to get my long run in. In fact, my longest run of this training cycle (and lifetime). Slept through my alarm and hence, I didn't lace up until noon (red flag #1). Physically, I felt horrible. My legs were super heavy and have been this whole week (red flag #2). I know my foam roller is staring at me from the corner. Mentally, I was just filled with so many doubts and just didn't believe it was possible (red flag #3). Environmentally, it was 72 F. After training this entire weather in cold climates, I wasn't ready for all the heat and sunshine (red flag #4). I had two stressful back-to-back days and didn't hydrate or fuel myself much (red flag #5). I really tried to finish off my run, if not the long run of 11 miles, at least a good 4 mile tempo run. But somehow, I wasn't enjoying it one bit. Sadly, it's not one of those 'drum rolling' stories where I conquered my fears and doubts and pushed past them. Gave up after 30 minutes on the struggle bus and walked home. . . This little packet of joy arrived at my doorstep as I got home. It was definitely a reminder to me that it's alright. There will be days when nothing goes right. But, always, one thing is under your control, which is your attitude. BELIEVE at least you can do it. That's the only thing that will help you ENDURE all the physical discomfort and ACHIEVE your goals. Time to throw my fears out and try again on Sunday! . . #needgoodvibes #believe #endure #achieve @momentumjewelry #sharethespark #itsalright #tryagaintomorrow #yougotthis #firsthalfmarathon #halfmarathontraining #phillyloverun #1monthtogo #13point1 #bmorerunners #sweatpink #iamempowered

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You took it off today. You weren’t up for a run today. What you really did well today was hydrate – 100 oz. of water and Nuun!!!!

Again, you slept pretty late last night and hence, long run this morning did not happen. No regrets! You did have a nice girls day out filled with yummy brunch and ‘The Lion’ at the movies. But, after all fun and play, it was time to get down to business and get your long run in. Because, who likes to spend next week in its entirety in guilt and regret, am I right?
11.03 miles @17:17 min/mile {3:10:30 on your feet; that ain’t no joke}
Splits –> 17:53, 18:05, 16:52, 19:33, 17:04, 17:04, 17:02, 18:05, 17:04, 16:05, 15:20 

Overall, you’ll give this week a 7.5 on 10. Wasn’t your best week, or didn’t go as planned. But, lessons well learnt. The good included getting a solid interval run and long run. Your first 11 miler ever!! There was significant head wind in the first few miles. But, it just prepared you better for race day. Great job on picking up your pace for the last three miles. The bad definitely included skipping your tempo run all together and running only 3 days a week. It’s alright. You have one more whole week before you begin taper. Don’t worry too much about your legs feeling heavy right now. Apparently, the running gurus say it is normal. You’ll feel better on race day. You’re almost there. So, take each day as it comes. Be smart and cautious!! Love each day!!

Your T-4 weeks self

PS: Believe Endure Achieve


26 thoughts on “Dear Half-Marathoner (#003)

  1. HoHo Runs says:

    Congrats for getting in your long run! Some weeks are tough and that’s OK. There is always the next week, and the next, and the next… If running was easy, we’d all lose interest quickly. I want to see The Lion. Did you enjoy the movie? Thanks for linking. Madhuri!

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    • pondernwonder says:

      That’s true. If there wasn’t a next goal, once you attacked this goal, running would be mundane. I loved The Lion! I prefer comedies to serious movies. But, it was based off a true story. So decided to give it a shot. Really good one. Dev Patel’s acting is exquisite. Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Tracy says:

    I love the format of these recap posts – so clever! Your positivity, even on the not-so-great days, is really inspiring. That mindset is going to serve you well on race day. Can’t wait to keep reading about your training and see how your race goes!

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  3. runawaybridalplanner says:

    It does sound like your preparing very well for this.
    Truthfully being well prepared getting all the mileage in before is really the only thing you need. Makes it so come race day you can run your hardest and enjoy each moment.
    Just a few more weeks and you’ll get the reward for all your hard work!!!

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    • pondernwonder says:

      Thanks Kristy for that pep talk. People say your first HM mostly like will suck. But, I feel hopeful that I am going to enjoy it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


    • pondernwonder says:

      Thanks Courtney. Yes, that’s what I’ve heard. Although I can’t wait to start tapering in few days (all that free time in life!), I will definitely miss training 🙂


    • pondernwonder says:

      Thanks. Some days I feel it’s going well, some days they suck. Haha. But, just taking it as each day passes by… I know, I didn’t do much reading before the movie and just played along with friends. Loved it. Dev Patel’s acting is top notch…. if u like him, do check out ‘the man who knew infinity’. Thanks for stopping by!


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