November 23, 2014 marked the day I officially qualified to become a “half-fanatic!” If you are not familiar with the group, the half-fanatics are a group of (committed) runners who achieve various distinctions by running a specific number of half marathons in a set amount of time. There are several different fanatic levels. I am currently on Neptune, since I ran three half marathons in less than ninety days!
In order to “planet up” or move to the next level, I would have to run six half marathons in six consecutive months, three half marathons within sixteen days or eight to eleven half marathons within one calendar year. Needless to say, I’m very content staying on Neptune for the foreseeable future.
My journey to becoming a half-fanatic began in Rhode Island on a cool September morning. My first of three half marathons also happened to be my fastest and most favorite race. Not only was it a wonderful way for me to begin my journey, it was also a record-breaking race for my running partner, Patty, who ran her first sub two-hour half marathon. All in all, it was a spectacular day!
The second race on my journey was a dreadfully, cold and rainy morning in Hartford, CT. Feeling inspired by hometown crowds and the support of my Runit sisters, I finished the race, cold, freezing and with some gnarly looking blisters.
After completing two races I became very aware of getting injured. I really did not want to miss my November race and have to start over from the beginning! For the month of November I was concerned my cross training workouts would result in an injured muscle, or my long runs would hurt my feet. My biggest concern was walking into my daughter’s toyroom and impaling my foot on a rogue Lego! I tried to take it easy, while keeping my mileage up.
November 23 arrived, and in the company of my pals, Robin and Patty, I enjoyed my final half marathon of the year, during an unseasonably warm and sunny day in Portland, Maine. The rolling hills of Maine tried to get the better of me, but did not succeed. One thing I have learned about myself during the qualifying process is that I am a consistent runner. Not overly fast or aggressive, but consistent and happy.
Becoming a member of half-fanatics offers a number of benefits, including: discounts on races, admission to expos, access to a nation-wide group of runners who provide advice, answer questions, and offer support, access to elite half-fanatic gear, and a monthly newsletter. I’m very excited to join and take advantage of all of the good stuff I have worked so hard to achieve.
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