I moved back to South Carolina recently, and it threw a bit of a wrench into my training habits. I’m working from home now, so my “commute” is just from the kitchen to our office. That’s wonderful, of course, but it takes some of the sting out of getting up in the morning. There’s no time pressure anymore, and I need to adjust for that.
Even worse, the sun comes up an hour later down here. There’s no time zone difference, but the Earth is still round. Things are just different in New England. I was just there for a couple of years, but I must have acclimated pretty well because Cara and I are both having the same trouble getting up in the morning.
End result: I haven’t been training the way I should. Instead of a steady schedule every day, I’ve been hitting it here and there. That’s not good, considering that I have a half marathon coming up in a couple of weeks.
I decided to test out my body and see how much trouble I was in. The half marathon is in Columbia and I live downtown, so I just ran around the city randomly until it seemed like time to go home. The goal was ten miles. If i can do that and still feel reasonably okay, then I’m good for the half.
As you can see in the map below, it worked. I’m not going to score a PR or anything, but I’ll finish and I won’t be too much of a train wreck afterward. I guess that’s all I can ask since I’m working from muscle memory more than solid training.