Running has always been a passion of mine, and I enjoy the feeling of accomplishing a goal through months of training. Since January, I have been training for a half marathon (13.1 miles.) Only 25 days remain until I race in the Mountains to Main Street Half Marathon on Saturday, May 18th. The half marathon begins in Travelers Rest, and race participants run down the Swamp Rabbit Trail towards the finish line in downtown Greenville. I have been journaling about my half marathon training journey on greenville360.com. Join me today on my steady pace, midweek training run!
I am also joined by my dog, Lucy, for my training run. She often accompanies me on my shorter runs, and she serves as a great workout partner. For a change of scenery, I decided to hit the beautiful trails of Lake Conestee Nature Park. I have learned that running on various terrains can be beneficial for training results for numerous reasons, so I typically trail run at least once a week. I also enjoy being surround by the beauty of nature while I run.
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Today, I slipped into my Kentwool women’s tour profile high impact ankle socks in purple. The natural, merino wool that Kentwool socks are made with is incredibly breathable and comfortable. The absorbent material keeps my feet cool during my runs in the warm weather. The socks have withstood miles upon miles of training with multiple washes in between. The ankle cut of the sock protects my ankles against any friction caused from my shoes, which is especially great for the amount running that I perform weekly.
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The finish line is rapidly approaching. My half marathon training is quickly coming to a close, and only two weeks of training and one week of tapering remain before the race. I feel strong to conquer the next few weeks of training. Maintaining a healthy diet and good nutrition has been a critical factor of my performance throughout training. Remaining properly hydrated before, during, and after my runs has also contributed to my training performance.
Accomplishing this goal has certainly not been easy. Honestly, there have been days that I truly did not feel like waking up early to go on my long run or pushing myself to run faster in interval training. As my training is reaching its pinnacle, I can feel the results of months of running, cross training, & healthy eating. I feel confident that my body is ready for the challenge of running 13.1 miles, and I am very grateful that I accepted the challenge of training.
Thank you for following along on this journey with me! I look forward to seeing you at the finish line. Until then, keep running Greenville!
– Amanda Dempsey