On the Race Horizon: The SeaWheeze Half-Marathon

If you’ve read my blog during the last couple of months, you know I strained my hip flexor a few weeks after the Newport Marathon, and have been rehabbing from that injury and slowing rebuilding my mileage-base. After a few weeks of rest and 6 weeks of physical therapy, I’m feeling pretty good… or at least good enough to run shorter distances at a leisurely pace. Good enough to run a half marathon, though?

Next Saturday, August 23, I will run the SeaWheeze, Lululemon’s half marathon in Vancouver, BC.

IMG_4261.JPGI’m running it with my husband and friends as part of my birthday celebration weekend.

IMG_4259.JPGWhen I registered for it in January, I had no doubt I would be able to run it. I thought that by late August I would be in the thick of training for the Portland Marathon, and that running 13.1 miles would be a good long run for a recovery week in between weeks where I was running 18- and 20-mile long runs.

As the saying goes, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”

I’m no longer training for the Portland Marathon, and–less than 10 days out from August 23–the thought of running a half intimidates the hell out of me. The longest I’ve run since Newport on May 31 is 8 miles.

IMG_4091.JPGAnd that was last Saturday.

My weekly mileage is also pretty low compared to what I’m used to running. Last week was my best week since June, and I ran just shy of 20 miles.

One oft-repeated rule of running is that a runner shouldn’t add more than 10% in mileage per week. So, if I follow that advice in an effort to keep this good, relatively uninjured feeling going, I shouldn’t increase my weekly mileage by more than a measly 2 miles.

I may come to regret this, but that’s not gonna happen. This coming weekend I’m planning to run an 11-miler, which means this week’s long run alone will break the 10% rule.

Still, I’m going to keep my long run relatively easy (read: slow) and avoid some of the larger hills around Tacoma to avoid aggravating my hip flexor. My hope is that I’ll be able to run 11 miles without hurting myself so that I can make it to the start line next week.


I have never been this ill-prepared for a half marathon.

I figure if I can run 11 miles now, though, I should be able to run 13.1 on August 23. It won’t be pretty and it won’t be fast, but I should be able to run the whole thing without injuring myself.

I don’t have a very good record with this race to begin with, so I don’t have much to lose. I PW’ed at the inaugural running in 2012, when the weather was hot as sin and the race wasn’t adequately supported (not enough water). I still managed to finish, though.


IMG_4260.JPGI also PW’ed in 2013, when I ran it as a long run while training for the New York City Marathon.

IMG_4253.JPGSee how much fun a PW looks like at Mile 13? And don’t worry–I don’t plan to wear that unsupportive sports bra ever again.

Despite my lack of training and the fact that I’m more than a little freaked out by the thought of running a half in less than 10 days, I’m actually kind of excited for the SeaWheeze. This girl needs to run a race!

Do you train for half marathons or just run them? Do you set a goal for every race? Do you feel more accomplished when you meet pace-related or non-pace-related goals?

14 thoughts on “On the Race Horizon: The SeaWheeze Half-Marathon

  1. Jane Likes to Run says:

    Honestly half the time I train seriously for half marathons and half the time I don’t, and it all ends up about the same in the end. And I also break the 10% rule all the time. I think as long as your mileage doesn’t double or you don’t also increase the pace excessively, you will be fine. Good luck! I’m convinced most of racing is mental anyway, so it all depends on your mindset that day.

    • Thanks! I’m definitely not doubling my mileage or running faster from last week to this week. I’m actually running slower, which doesn’t help my ego but is prudent and safe. My goal for the race will be to finish and have fun.

  2. This is encouraging for me, since I have a half in three and a half weeks that I’m not really prepared for and my longest run in months was 9 miles on Monday. I would still do the race too if I was in your position, SeaWheeze has always looked so fun!

    • You have plenty of time to ramp up for your race in over three weeks, plus you’re not injured. You will do great!

      The SeaWheeze is pretty fun–more entertaining than a Rock n’ Roll half, at least.

  3. Don’t worry about the 10% rule…it doesn’t always apply. If someone was inclined to run 80-90 miles a week, it would take them all year just to get there based on 10% rule.
    You’ll be fine – just make smart decisions, eat right, and get lots of sleep. Good luck!

  4. I’m excited about your race, because I always get excited about races, even if if might not be an endeavor for which you feel completely prepared. Are we ever completely prepared for races? HA! I hope you’ll be careful and not push too much; sounds like you are prepared, but I’d hate for you to hurt yourself! You’ll get a good run in this weekend, and be ready for 13.1! Way to go!

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