Six days until my half marathon! I am happy to say that I am 99% sure I will make it to the starting line healthy and uninjured! Ever since spring's disaster and the resulting physical therapy and rehab, this has been a huge concern of mine. Coming back from an injury takes so much patience and dedication. It has been a real test and opportunity for personal growth.
I am very excited to race on Sunday. First of all, I want to represent the Track Club and help us place overall in the regional competition. I'll be in club kit for the race, and I'm so excited! I also want to see all of my club friends at the post race party and just generally have a great time on Sunday night. Of course, I want to run a strong, smart race. I don't have any specific time goals, as the half marathon isn't something I've worked very hard for in the past. Anything below 1:54 would be a PR for me.
If anyone pressured me, I'd say I am approaching the race like this: A) sub-1:48, which I know reflects my current fitness and ability, B) sub-1:54, which would be a PR for a "raced" 13.1, C) run a negative split over the course, avoid walk breaks, and finish with my current pace group. I do know that I am DEFINITLEY going to run the first mile in exactly nine minutes and take some time to relax, clear my head, and get focused. I expect you guys to hold me to that!
In the days leading up to the race, here's what I'm doing:
- Extra carbs and less fat. Plenty of water. Basically, all of the diet-related stuff I should be doing year-round.
- No strength training or more advanced yoga classes.
- Extra doses of probiotics and vitamin C (I've still got a lingering sinus infection, something my body likes to do a few times a year). I'm also taking some tumeric, which is a new thing for me and seems to be helping.
- Twice-weekly visits to the chiropractor.
- Some extra rest days, and no more of my famous ten-mile hilly runs at race pace :)
- Enjoying the extra free time and actually styling my hair.