And now, the plan...
I have a half marathon on Saturday morning and I have been training to race my A-race. I planned on doing it in October and was doing well until about mile 8ish when I got hurt. I still managed to PR even though I did not hit my goal. I've been training to run a 2:07:xx half. Two weeks ago it was weighing down on me. So, I changed my thinking and although I trained to run a 2:07 half (and I know I can run it) I am aiming to run a 2:09. I know it is "only" two minutes but it has made a world of difference in my outlook.
There is a whole group of us going to this race. I believe there are 5 running the half (including my marathon relay team) and one running the 5K. Amanda and I are going to start the race together and see what happens. We are both going for PRs on Saturday but only time will tell if we run the whole race or only the beginning together. My plan...8 or 9 miles at 9:50. When I get past the half way point plus a couple then I will run by how I feel. If I am feeling good I'll speed up a little. If I am hurting I will slow down a little. I may just even keep going at 9:50.
Last but not least, the goals...
- run happy
- run well
- enjoy the experience
- I can do it: finish the race!
- My A-race goal: 2:09
- If the planets align, wind is at my back goal: 2:07
Next up: randomness!