It's hard to believe that 12 weeks ago I signed up for my first half marathon. This half if ya want to know that sorta thing. It's been an exhilarating goal to achieve. Despite the 6am Saturday wake ups for my long runs. It's been a total personal goal setting adventure. One that only I can control. No one can run for me, right? I've done all the training right here in my neighborhood, and a little in the one next to me. See below...why would I want to run anywhere else? It's so beautiful right here.
Hal Higdon's Novice 2 App for my phone. It was a wonderful training tool. He talked to me during the runs, there is a place for journaling, keeps a music mix for you, and best of all, it tracked all the miles logged. Geesh...I ran alot of miles in 12 weeks.
Now, there have been a few bumps along the way with injuries. I've done a lot of foot icing since hurting it at school week 1. And of course this week my knees have completely retaliated. I am walking around like an old crippled woman. Hoping these days off will help....I'm a tad nervous about the run Sunday because of the knees. It came out of nowhere too. Urgh. Scratch that...I am a nervous wreck about the race now due to the way my knees feel right now. I'd be so pissed honestly if Sunday they have to pull me off the course for not maintaining the 16min mile!
So this is the app on my phone. Can't believe I'm showing you how slow I run...but I am consistent. Although in the 10K I ran a consistent 10min mile. They say adrenaline gets your pace a little up, and it was a flat course. My neighborhood is anything BUT flat. The fastest mile I ran was 8:55. Ironically it was the first day I ran in the program. I suppose I was so excited about starting....It was by far the fastest run to date. All the other runs are consistently 11:30-12/mi. I'm okay with that. As long as it doesn't get slower because they will pull you off the course if you run 16/mi. YIKES!
Total miles run....drum roll please.....176.68 miles!!!! Holy cheescracker indeed!! I feel ready. More than anything I am ready to get rid of these jitters. I'm a nervous nelly. Like hands shaking, crying at the drop of a hat nervous. I suppose it's because I want this soooooo bad. You ever get that feeling? Want something so bad that you feel it in your bones? That's me. I was a ghost of an art teacher yesterday. I was there...but not there. I've not run in that many races. I've been running forever, but never been that big on racing. And this is a big one with 1,000 of runners. I am number 1297. Lucky number William says.
So wish me luck!! I think I'm going to need it. Although everyone says between the adrenaline and the crowds I'll be fine. I'll know tomorrow by 9:30am if this is true! I'll be posting pictures on facebook, so be sure to hop over and like me there to see my super cool neon pink ensemble. I had an orange shirt, but due to the crazy drop in temperatures JUST for tomorrow (seriously what's up with that? I've been training in 80'+ weather, the cold will either speed me up or shock me into turtle mode). I've got to wear a winter shirt which happens to be neon pink. Cool right? See you guys on the other side of 13.1!