One Week until the Richmond Half Marathon!

Half Marathon?!

Yep, you read that right.  After lots of thought, I’ve decided to step down to the half marathon.  No worries though, I am very happy with my decision, and here’s why…

If you read this post, then you would know I was super excited to be returning to Richmond to run my 3rd Richmond Marathon.  But a lot has changed in the months since, and my heart just hasn’t been in it.

First of all, I started a new position at work.  While this wasn’t a huge change it was enough to take up a good bit of my focus.  Then, as September rolled around, and training should have really ramped up I got some devastating news.  One of my closest friends was killed in a horrible car accident, and all three of her children were seriously injured.  All of this, paired with the fact that I was already feeling a little burned out from marathon training, and my training was almost nonexistent.

My amazing friend Erin.  

So my goal was the marathon, but I haven’t been training for a marathon.  I’ve ran, but not nearly enough to successfully run 26.2 miles.  There has been a lot of anxiety about running a race that I’m not prepared for.  Sure I could probably finish the race, but It would feel awful, and would probably include a lot of walking…

The question then, was why not run a half marathon?  I’ve ran plenty of marathons before, so I have nothing to prove.  And, I really like running half marathons!  13.1 miles is a great distance.  Still a challenge, but I’ll be able to walk the next day.  😉

As soon as I decided to switch races, the pressure was off and it was like a weight was lifted.

I still get to run one of my favorite races, but now I can just have fun and enjoy myself!

Finishing the Richmond Half Marathon in 2013!

Now, I can’t wait until next weekend!  And my only goal going into this race is to have fun!

Let me know if you’ll be running in Richmond next weekend, and make sure you say hello!

Have you ever switched distances?  Where will you be running next weekend?


  1. It’s nice that you have the option of stepping down to the half marathon. You’re smart to listen to your body and your heart. Good luck this weekend!

    • Well, I missed the deadline to switch online, so I’m hoping I can still switch distances at the expo. Ha! Fingers crossed! 😉
      Thanks Wendy!

  2. Good for you. You will never regret looking after yourself and a half marathon is not half of ANYTHING.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend 🙁 I know it can feel tough not going for the original goal you set, but I am amazed that you’re still doing the half distance!

  4. Sounds like you have made a really smart decision. This is all supposed to be fun and make you feel good. Have a great time next weekend!

  5. Sounds like you made the right choice, which isn’t always the easiest. I’m dealing with this today when a goal I set and was suppose to complete two classes to complete a 40 day barre challenge and instead woke up with a food poisoning bug. Feeling a little better debated on popping pepto and making class tonight but know it would not be a good idea for my already fatigued body.

  6. Looks like it’s going to be a fun weekend! Good luck and have fun!

  7. I’ve done a half marathon before, but got an injury right after, so no more running for me 🙁 Best of luck to you!

  8. Yay! I hope you have a lot of fun at your half! I’ve only ever run once race, so I’ve never tried switching distances, hehehe.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend and her children. I hope the kids are okay now. Hugs to you.

    I hope you have a wonderful race this weekend!

  10. Love how you didn’t let hiccups slow you down but instead help you change course to something that made you feel happier and more relaxed!! 🙂 Have so much fun next week!

  11. I know that feeling. Letting the race be “fun” is such a feeling of relief. Glad you made that choice!

  12. Marathon is always a good idea! It’s like you can find yourself there.

  13. I’’m so sorry to hear about your friend…that alone is enough to take the wind out of anyone’s sails. Sometimes it’s hard to remember racing is supposed to be fun—and I’m glad you’re finding a way to make it that way!

  14. Good for you for changing the distance. I’m sorry to hear about your friend – it’s good that you can focus on other things.

  15. Sounds exciting. Glad you are happy about your decision. I bet it will be a much better run that way too.

  16. Having fun and enjoying yourself while running is so important, even more important than winning a race. Glad you made a great decision, Karen! How long do you usually prepare for a marathon?

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