Balancing Bodyboarding and Half-Marathon Training

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For some reason, I decided a month or so ago that signing up for a half-marathon in December would be a fantastic idea. I would get in great shape, feel like a badass, and tuck just one more bucket list item under my belt. A month later, however, the idea’s sounding a little not-so-great.

For one, it’s only a few months away – and I have yet to begin following my training plan. Or realistically, even looking at it. I have been running about twice a week, but only relaxing, easy runs to stretch out my sore muscles. I also didn’t consider the fact that I’ll be doing said half-marathon in December in San Diego, California, and it will be freaking freezing. Obviously not East Coast/Canada freezing, but I’ve been living in Hawaii for the past four years – and running in -32 degree weather won’t be an easy obstacle to overcome.

The reason why I haven’t started training is because i’ve been busy expending all my energy in the water. When I singed up for the race, the wave forecast looked bleak; and I figured, well, at least now I’ll be able to run! But mother nature has changed routes, the waves have picked up, and I’m a month into my supposed ‘training’ plan barely having set foot on the pavement. To be fair, bodyboarding and bodysurfing are both an incredible workout – even better than running – but you can’t really train to run unless you’re actually running.

I’m a little ambivalent about the situation, but I can’t get too mad at myself. I am active, healthy, and doing my best. I just can’t resist the call of north/northeast and south/southeast swells and breezy tradewinds that peak up waves and pitch up perfect barrels on my side of the island. And you know what? That’s okay. It’s part of who I am. (by the way, I totally expect only other surfers to understand this part. haha.)

So I’ve come up with a compromise, because each of my fitness passions make me too tired, sore, and sleepy to tackle the other. My idea is to throw yet another activity (albeit a gentle one) into the mix: hot yoga. I bought a Groupon for a month of unlimited hot yoga classes at a local studio, and am hoping that it can be the arbiter in between running and riding waves.

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I plan to switch off between bodyboarding and running each day, with a hot yoga sesh as a buffer. For example, if I ride waves on sunday (which I usually do) I will go to an a.m. hot yoga class, go to work, and then come home and sneak in a run.

I’m a little worried this routine will make me tired, cranky, and sleepy, but I’m trying to keep positive. And I’m fully aware that Bikram Yoga is not a walk in the park – the classes are high-heat and an hour and a half long. But, I know that the heat will help soothe and stretch my sore muscles, find some inner sanity, and re-energize my body, mind and spirit for a night run.

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