The Countdown

Seventeen days stand between me and 13.1. Que the sweating and my skeptical face (exhibited below).
half marathon training plan | @jessicazimlichAt the risk of sounding overly confident, I don’t have any doubt in my mind that I won’t be able to finish. This will be my fourth half marathon and even if I have to army crawl across that finish line, it’s going to happen. The problem lies in the fact that I don’t just want to finish, I want to do my best. I set out to break 2 hours (I’ve got 11 minutes to shave off my PR!) at the beginning of the new year and that number scares me even more now than it did then.

I came across this quote on Clementine Daily from Meryl Streep that read, “Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.” Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy. I’ve been getting in my own way in more ways than one these past few weeks and I’m ready to push the self-doubt that has crept in to the side.

I tackled my 8-miler on Monday after skipping it on Saturday (do as I say, not as I do) and aside from a tinge of knee pain, it went alright. I’ve got three more long runs and a slew of 5-milers on the books over the course of the next two weeks. So if you need me, I’ll just be over here pushing myself to pick up the pace!

ARE ANY OF YOU TRAINING FOR A RACE? OR HAVE YOU TRIED ANY NEW WORKOUT ROUTINES LATELY?

p/s I’m 9,580 snaps deep over on Snapchat, but I’ve just now started using it as more than a means to send my best friends awkward couch selfies – which makes it way more fun! Find me @jessicazimlich for a behind the scenes look and more often than not, scenes from my runs.

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  1. Elle

    I dropped the ball on getting signed up for the 5k and now its full 🙁 It sounds like you’re well prepared and are gonna rock this one. Here’s hoping for the perfect (semi-cool) race weather for ya!

    Elle

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  2. Gentry

    I recently started running (I’ve always been a group fitness girl) and although it’s tough there is nothing more rewarding that pushing yourself to get better! You are inspiring me to keep at it!!

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    1. Jessica

      That’s awesome! Running changes my body in ways I can’t explain. I definitely noticed a different last year when I wasn’t training or running at all and it feels good to be back. Thanks so much, Gentry. Same goes for you!

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  3. Helena

    Wauw, you have no idea how inspiring this was. You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself though, sounds like you’re doing fantastic! The best of luck to you <3

    simply-mode.com

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    1. Jessica

      Thank you so much! Having cute shoes to lace up gets me extra motivated. Not to mention the fact that I had worn a hole in the toes of my old ones lol. Oops. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Rachelle

    I love working and I’ve been keeping up with it, but I hate running lol. I recently started running again and it’s going well so far, thanks for the inspo. You are awesome.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  5. Lorraine

    Hello! 🙂 New reader here!

    I just ran my 2nd half this past Sunday and beat my 1st time by 22 minutes! I found that incorporating speed workouts, running 5 days a week and ‘tempo” runs really helped me. Of course the fact that I trained consistently was most important (my first half I barely trained and ran only 2x a week! Amazing I even finished!)

    Anyways, you’re much faster than me and I admire that. Good luck. It will be tough, but you’ll do great!

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    1. Jessica

      Hi! I’m so happy you’re here, Lorraine.

      That’s amazing!! I haven’t been doing any tempo runs, but I wonder if incorporating them at this point in the game would help at all. I’ll give it a go! Thank you for the tip 🙂 There are sooo many people who are faster than me, but I’ve learned to just focus on myself and what my body can handle (that doesn’t mean I’m not pushing myself) but I’ll never run a consistent 8 minute mile. It’s just not going to happen! I’m sure you killed it!

      Don’t be a stranger 😉

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    1. Jessica

      You can do it! My number one tip is to start somewhere, even if it’s just one mile. If you would have asked me a few years ago if I would run 13 miles in a row, I would have laughed out loud!

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    1. Jessica

      Thank you! I definitely go through spurts where I love running and other times where I secretly despise it, but one this always remains the same…I feel amazing afterward. I think the trick is finding what works for you 🙂

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