I like to know what is going on, so I’m a little frustrated with Sunday’s race. Next Sunday (less than a week now) I’ll be running my first half-marathon. I haven’t been on the course I’m running. I don't know where the start or finish are (I have mapped it out on a map, but I have never been there). I know I need to pick up my packet Saturday afternoon, but I don’t know where the Crowne Plaza is. Too many “I don’t knows” for me to be comfortable. I think I have my work cut out for me this week.
The biggest question I have is about the morning of the race, I am not sure what I’m going to do. The race is point-to-point. When I registered back in July I also bought a ticket so I could park at the finish line and take a bus to the starting line. I just looked more closely at the times and in order to catch the bus I need to leave home three hours before the race. If I just drive to the start I could leave 45 minutes before the start of the race. The question then becomes how do I get back to my car? I haven’t pushed ADP to bring the kids to the race (even if I really want them all at the finish line), but I think this will be what I need to ask them to come.
My goals started simple and have increased in the last month.
A+ goal: 2hr 11min
A goal: Run the whole race
A- goal (a.k.a. my original goal): Finish the race
I will admit that when I filled out my registration form I put 2hr 45min as my estimated finish time. Through training and increasing my mileage I have gotten faster (2 minutes/mile faster!) so my A+ goal is a lot faster than my estimated finish time. I plan on having fun, which is the most important goal of all.