The Week Before the Half
Sorry for the lack of post last night- I wrote it, but apparently the publish button doesn’t click itself…whoops. I was just rambling about my upcoming half since it was officially a week away yesterday, so I’ll just move the rambling to this morning. 😉
But before that, breakfast!
Oats. My oat combo (ahh I’m almost out!!) with bananas, cottage cheese, and PB.
And coffee. Slowly but surely working my way through the Fresh Market Peppermint Blend.
The Week of…
So by this time next week I’ll have finished running a half marathon. Three months ago I signed up for the Tobacco Road Half Marathon with two friends. It seemed ages and ages away. And now all of a sudden it’s
next this week.
While it’s not my first, it still feels like it. The big question is…am I ready?
Am I as ready as I could be? No. Am I ready enough? Yes. Considering everything that it’s taken to get to this point, I’m about as ready as I could be. Did I do as much running as my training “partners”. Heck no. But if I had, I’d probably be hobbling around like a gimp. So I ran as much as I could, and I’m hoping race-day adrenaline will make up for the rest of it.
My goals for the race? Finish. Seriously, I know everyone says that to not set themselves for not meeting their goals, but in all honesty I’ll be happy with finishing. I’ve struggled through 10 mile training runs, so getting through 13.1 will be completely satisfying.
My secret goal when I signed up for the race was to finish in under 1:58:25. It’s not a random arbitrary number- it was my time for the leg of the marathon relay I did when I was 16.
Although it seems obvious that I’m not 16 anymore, it took starting to run again to really figure that out. Although it’s great to have an ambitious goal, I think I’m gonna have to save this one for another race. Do the math: 1:58 is a 9 minute mile pace. My fastest training runs have been 10:30 at best. So I’m being realistic, it’s not happening. So 2:17-2:24 would be much probable. We’ll see what happens! Like I said, I’m worrying about simply finishing 🙂
The Countdown Begins….
It’s not going to be the ideal week before the race- I wasn’t able to get a long run in yesterday. Hopefully I can today, but I’m not sure yet. It was a weekend of highs and lows in the SoS household- my step-grandparents celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary (isn’t that amazing?!) the same day my husband’s grandmother passed away. There will likely be some traveling in the next few days…
Then the three days leading up to the half marathon, I will be sitting ALL day long. I’ll be at a two and half day conference two hours away- so four hours of driving a day plus 10 hours of lectures. (That’s 12 hrs of driving plus 25 hours of sitting crammed into 2.5 days. Then running at 7am the next morning.) So, I think I might be a little tired come next Monday. 😉
Regardless of all that, I’m nervous but really excited!!
Anybody else racing this weekend?!