The greatest part of racing tomorrow is that I don’t have to feel guilty about being lazy today! I did run an easy three (very wet!) miles with my running group this morning. Afterwards, I came home, took a hot shower to warm up, and put pajamas on. That is happiness right there!
Now about that race… tomorrow I’m running my first race of 2014 and my first since the Seattle Marathon which was on December 1st. The break between Seattle and the race tomorrow, the Heart Breaker Half, is the longest I’ve had in a about a year. I’m not sure if it’s the span of time between events, feeling an overall lack of fitness, or just a case of pre-race nerves, but my confidence is waning.
What I’d really like is a new half marathon PR! I ran three half marathons in 2013, finishing all three within 9 seconds of each other. My fastest, and current PR, was 1:43:53.
This morning I sheepishly shared with a running friend that I will often look at the past results from a race I’m about to run to figure out where I might finished. I was relieved when he told me that he does the same thing. I find it comforting to know that I’m not the only person that does this! Anyone else out there want to confess too?
Anyway, based on the results from last year, I’m figuring I’ll at least place in the top 10 for my age division. Being the wishful dreamer that I am, I’d really, really, really like to place in the top five… but there are a lot of factors at play, including “Heart Break Hill” (a mile-long hill with a 150+ ft. elevation gain beginning at mile 2.98), so we’ll just have to see how it goes. I just hope that I don’t get my heart broken!!
As far as the rest of the day today goes, my agenda includes lots of rest (and possibly a nap since I likely won’t sleep well tonight!), watching some track and field, fueling up with plenty of carbs, hydrating like mad (with Nuun, of course!) to make up for the Valentine’s Day wine consumption, getting my gear ready (including the shirt shown below rockin’ my sponsor’s logo), and enjoying a rainy Saturday snuggled up at home.
Even when I’m not physically running, I’m submerged in something running related!
Now for that nap! Have a great day!