So I finished a 10K. Been there, done that. So now I'm pondering my next move and quite frankly need a bit of help.
Going from zero to marathon means a progressive increase in distance. So far, so good. I have gone from doing nothing to running a 5K, to then doubling that and running a 10K. Looking at things logically means that I have to go for a Half-Marathon next. Here is where the problem lies.
Looking at the race schedule I see plenty of 5K's and 10K's to run this year and there are many I actually would like to run, but no Half-Marathons. Not a lot of them anyway. While this particular distance has exploded in popularity in the U.S., it hasn't really caught on down here. Both Marathons and Half-Marathons are very rare in Puerto Rico. I blame the weather. I was just talking with some family that this year both the Walt Disney World Marathon and the Princess Half-Marathon had heat advisory warnings because the temperatures went up to the 80's. That is actually winter weather here and summers can be pretty brutal with both heat and humidity. I guess the prospect of running that long under those conditions puts off many people.
The biggest and most important Half here is the San Blas Half-Marathon, which is one of the oldest in the World actually. But it was held the week before the WB10K so if I want to run it, it's gonna have to be next year. The other half on the calendar is a new one. The Puerto Rico Marathon/Half-Marathon. The course promises to be quite scenic, passing through both the new and old parts of tour capital, San Juan. It could actually be a perfect next race but...
This will happen on May 5th. It is exactly 9 weeks from now. Can I double my current longest distance by then? I don't know. On top of that, the race has a pace minimum of 16 minutes per mile, just like the WDW Marathon. I'm currently right on the knife's edge of that. So I'm on the fence here.
If I pass on this, there is a chance the rest of the year might go by without another chance to run a Half. If I do run it, I could end up making a fool of myself by a) not being ready and having serious issues, including not finishing or b) falling behind and getting picked up which also means not finishing.
This week, I start the 10 week, beginners Half-Marathon plan from the Big Book of Marathon and half-Marathon from Runner's World minus the first week so the schedule falls into place with the upcoming Half but I'm kind of torn here. This race sounds like a big deal and if not a lot of "casual" runners enter I could end up alone in the back racing against the pickup van. I guess I'm just a little scared of the unknown here. Some advice, encouragement or maybe a little bit of both would be nice.