Half Marathon Training

So I bit the bullet. After talking about it for months I have finally signed up for a race.  I've been talking about signing up for a half marathon/ sprint try- something to get me running and on more of a schedule. So, I signed up for the First Annual Cambridge half marathon on November 13th with one of my best friends from high school (who is a super runner- she's going to kick my butt).

Today was Day 1 of Training. I almost pretended like last week was Week 1 but I only was able to fit in one run.  It was the last week of my clinical placement and my sister graduated from Northeastern with her Master's (go Kels!!) so busy was an understatement.
As I am starting training, one day down, I am realizing a few things about myself and my training.
First: I don't enjoy running everyday like I used to.  This isn't to say that I don't like running at all. There are some days where all I want to do is get out and run outside to relieve some stress. (I am not a treadmill runner. Hard pass)  But, a couple of years back, I thought running was my sole source of exercises and the only way to stay in shape but I have learned otherwise.  Over the past years of exploring the fitness industry, learning in school and just finding out what I like and don't like, I have realized that there is a wide range of fitness options.  I realized that my body loves yoga and weight lifting. I have realized that rock climbing and hiking make me feel strong and happy.  I have been able to push myself in spin class or out on a bike ride with friends to get my cardio in.  Exploring what my body likes and what my mind needs has solidified for me that health and wellness is not a cookie cutter, one size fits all program for every person.
Second: You can always push yourself a little more with running. (as with most things in life) But in running, I have noticed I can push myself further or faster if I just decided to do it. Along the same lines, you can pull back when you need too.  Whether its a 40 minute leisurely jog around the block or 20 minute fast paced intervals, a run is still a run.
Third: Create a plan.  I remember training for the Boston Marathon and creating a plan but I barely stuck to it.  I was so stressed with starting a new job and commuting and not being able to stick to my training plan was stressing me out even more. I was so afraid that I wouldn't be able to make it through the race (I did for the record) that I wasn't enjoying my runs when I did take it.  My goal this time is to create a plan and stick to it.
Fourth (and final): be flexible with your plan.  This might sound contradictory to my above point but once you create a plan give yourself some leeway to change it up.  Tuesday was supposed to be 6 miles but you only have time for 3 miles? Get the 3 in and try to schedule a longer run another day when you have more time.  You were planning on getting up at 6 am to squeeze in a run before work but its pouring rain and you are exhausted, opt for an elliptical workout after work in the dryness of a gym.  After all, this is supposed to be fun. you're training for a race because you enjoy running and enjoying challenging yourself.  Don't make it so stressful that you never want to race again.
As I am typing this I am equally excited for my training and dreading my training.  I am excited to see if I can stick to a plan and clock in under 2 hours and 10 minutes (my goal for this race).  I am dreading carving out the time for the mileage needed to train.  I'm excited to change up my training from this summer and run more than I have been while at the same time dreading my long runs on Saturday all by myself.
I plan on keeping an open mind about running and being a little easy on myself with the training.  As I am evaluating my reasons for signing up, I am thinking this might be the last race I sign up for, for a while.  I am not as passionate about running as I used to be and I want to place my money and time elsewhere (rock climbing, yoga, weight lifting, etc). But for now, I am signed up and I am looking forward to running with a good friend.
My goal for the next 10 weeks is to run as much as I can without stressing out too much about this race.  I plan on cross training and taking as many yoga classes to keep my body and mind flexible and strong. My race day goal is to run my best, enjoy myself and make it over the finish line with a big smile on my face. This might be my last race for a while (by choice) so I plan on enjoying it as much as I can.
Anyone else Running the Cambridge Half Marathon? Any seasoned runners have some tips for me?  Anyone want to join me on a training run in Boston?
Namaste!