Sometimes I think so. If you know me you know that I started running after my mission in Russia from 2004-2006. My last companion was a runner and she got me into it. I kept running off and on since coming home until I got married and was going to school and just wasn't very dedicated to running.
After Sarah was born and I had gained a ton of weight I decided to get back into running. I did and I love it. My first race was a 10K. I loved it and was bound and determined to run another. I kept running but never ran another race.
After Yana was born I got back into shape by running. I'm still working on the last little bit of weight but it is coming off with the help of running and biking. I have ran a few 5K's and I was training for a 15K. Then I found out we will be in Idaho on vacation at the time of the 15k. That 15k was going to be step towards running a half marathon the following weekend on November 5th. Well I will still be on vacation in Idaho.
So I am still running and I found a race in Idaho on the 5th. The day before we fly home. It is isn't far from where I grew up and should be a fun race. I want to run it. The problem I have is I don't know if I have trained enough to run it. Since adding biking to my list of regular exercises I haven't been running as much as I used to. I used to run 4 days a week and now I run Monday's Thursday's and Saturdays. I bike Tuesday's and Friday's. Sometimes I have longer bike rides on Saturdays.
Well my longest run lately on my Saturday long runs was 5.55 miles. My shins didn't hurt at all and I haven't been sore either. My knees have been a little achy and my calves were cramping a little towards the end of that but it all went away with ice.
Here is my dilemma. When I was ran my 10k a couple years ago I had originally been training for a 1/2 marathon but my shins couldn't handle it at that point. I hadn't really been running that long. I had ran 8 miles and then couldn't run for 2 weeks because my shins hated me. I have been running at least 2-3 times a week for the last 1/2 year and biking 2-3 times a week so I feel like I'm in good shape. Always could be better.
I don't know the first thing about running that long. Do I need energy stuff (gels, bars, beans, etc)? Do I need a water belt? What do I eat before hand? These are the questions going through my head. I have had this on my mind for a few days now and it is starting to slip into my dreams. Last night I dreamt about about this upcoming race. I need help with answers to these questions.
If any of you have any information please let me know. I will continue my search for answers and let you know what I find out.