The Week Before the Half

March 15, 2010 at 8:23 am 19 comments

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.

oatmeal 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?!


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  • 1. Kara (@ Kara's Marathon)  |  March 15, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Good luck on Sunday!! I’ll be running the NYC Half-Marathon the same time you are doing Tobacco Road! Unlike you, however, I am completely unprepared for this race, and am just hoping to finish before the 3hr cutoff… :-/

    • 2. Heather  |  March 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

      Oh how exciting!! Good luck, you can do it!!! 🙂

  • 3. theprocessofhealing  |  March 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

    So sorry to hear about your husband’s family!!!

    But i’m excited for you!!! You’re going to rock it! I think it’s good that you are realistic but still pushing yourself 🙂

  • 4. Sarah  |  March 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

    you can do it!!! best of luck and have fun no matter what.

  • 5. Kelly  |  March 15, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Oh I am so excited for you…I am going to be axiously waiting the recap for sure! I have so many friends racing this weekend I am going to be a nervous wreck, fantically checking blogs all Saturday afternoon waiting for word! Heather…you will do great and I will be rooting for you every step of that 13.1 miles! 🙂

  • 6. Maria  |  March 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Good luck! I know you will rock the race!

  • 7. kalli@fitandfortysomething  |  March 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Yes! I am doing a 5K on Saturday. i was originally gonna do the 10 K on that same day but I am not ready to go that far yet!

  • 8. jenny  |  March 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I wish I was racing! Sadly, I will be working- waitressing…. maybe all that running around serving tables counts for something:)?

  • 9. Anna  |  March 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Sounds you have very realistic (and excellent) expectations for this race! Whether you run a 12 minute mile or a 9 minute one, just finishing will feel amazing!

  • 10. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather  |  March 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Good luck girlie! That’s so exciting that you’re on your 2nd half marathon. My goal with my first was to finish… A great goal to have!

    I might go to a local 8 mile race this weekend with my mom… We’ll see

  • 11. abbynormally  |  March 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Don’t you fret! You’re going to rock it!!!! And that is a number YOU picked. No one else is expecting you to meet any kind of goals!!!!

  • 12. Christy  |  March 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I always worry if I’m ready for any race. I might race in a 4 mile trail run this Sunday. It will be my first race since foot surgery!

  • 13. marathonmaiden  |  March 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    oh good luck this weekend. you re going to rock it 🙂

  • 14. Ashely  |  March 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Good luck! I backed out of Tobacco Road, but am planning on being there to cheer for all of my friends! I hope you meet your goal!

  • 15. Lisa (bakebikeblog)  |  March 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm


  • 16. John  |  March 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Good luck this weekend! I’ll be racing against my brain and body as I go for 8 miles on my way to the HM in May.

  • 17. inmytummy  |  March 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Yup, I’m running the ING Georgia half marathon on Sunday.

    • 18. Heather  |  March 16, 2010 at 6:50 am

      Good luck! Hope you have a blast! 🙂

  • 19. Lindsay  |  March 16, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Oh wow, do you ever have a packed week! I know how you feel wanting to beat your HS self, that was my goal during my 10K last weekend, so nice to accomplish that!

    You’re gonna do great! You have been working really hard, it’ll all pay off!


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