This week is probably one of the biggest ones of my life. I’m currently in limbo at my parents’ house: I leave today to head to visit my future family and then tomorrow, I am heading to Shippensburg for the last time in the foreseeable future before heading to my new home in Salisbury.
For those of you unaware, Shippensburg is Farmland, PA. Crazily enough, it’s been my home for the past 5 years. I rarely spent time at my parents’ home between swimming and working, so Shippensburg has been more familiar to me recently.
Between running and biking, I think I’ve just about perfected every route to the point that I know the exact roads to take in order to equal whatever mileage I want. The rolling hills and fields make for a pretty (though sometimes smelly, thanks to the cows) workout every time.
Views from a summer ride on the rail trail
It’s hard for me to look ahead to what I will have in Salisbury. Where the apartment is happens to be right off of the main highway. Going from training in Ship to training in Salisbury is going to be strange. I don’t know the paths. I no longer have a rail trail to get some good off-road training. My favorite route will be no longer.
Truthfully, I have no idea how to start half marathon training in about a week without these well-known paths. One good thing is that the weather is a little warmer and rarely gets into freezing temperatures, which will be nicer for outside running.
Another strange thing is the lack of swimming I’ve had recently. My team in Ship had become so comfortable, and getting up at 5:20 was becoming a habit. There is a master’s team in Salisbury, but I don’t know how far the team would be from the different schools I could be subbing in…might not be the most convenient! I definitely need to find somewhere to swim in order to train for the half Ironman I have in the fall!
It’s just a hard place to be in. Moving, learning my way around, and training in a new area are all things I need to figure out and quick!
Any suggestions on how to start training in a new (and highly trafficked) area?
And just a random picture from my time in Pittsburgh:
Red light by the Cathedral!