I have no training schedule right now because I want to make a half marathon schedule that looks like all the ones I find on the internet - 16 weeks, 18 weeks, 20 weeks - starting long runs right now and not when my chiropractor (and my body) say that I can. Because I can't have THAT training schedule, I've settled for NO training schedule. That's hardly the way to train for my first half marathon.
It's hardly time to start hill training (I'm definitely not cleared for that!) but a slow run and a steady, easy run added to my current tempo run with my running group is something I think I can handle.
I also haven't been taking care of myself nearly well enough. I've definitely been icing like crazy but I've only been stretching occasionally. My chiropractor suggested I get a foam roller and after putting it off for a couple days I bought one tonight and tried out some IT band stretches. OUCH.
On top of the injuries and my fear, there is a lingering worry that the Princess Half Marathon won't happen for my sister and I this year. Our plans hinge partly on our parents making their annual trip to Florida, where they rent a house for several weeks in the winter, making our accommodations practically free. Dad had a health scare last week that we worried might cause the trip not to happen due to trouble getting travel insurance. He's out of the woods now (thank God), but the trip isn't 100% on yet.
All this put together, I'm hesitant to full commit to training. But tonight I made a decision - I'm going to stretch as much as possible, do yoga, foam roll like a champ (and subsequently develop killer upper arm strength because apparently foam rolling is hard work) and make a training schedule, even if that means three 5k runs a week for the next six weeks and a slightly sudden but not impossible increase from 10k to 21k before the half marathon.
It's time. It's time to stop being scared. It's time to start taking care of myself. It's time to start really training for this half marathon. It's time to realize that even though I can't run as much as the schedules from the internet say, I can run and I need to run. It's time.