Now, a year later I should feel a lot more prepared. Since that race, really the race that planted the racing bug deep inside of me, I have done another half marathon, 2 full marathons, a few 5ks, a 10 miler and also a 20 miler, in addition to the Hood to Coast relay. I, however, don't feel very prepared. I think, in part it is because I haven't been training for this half. I have a marathon coming up towards the end of October and we are deep in marathon training. I know that I can conquer the distance, I know that I can run a half marathon and do a decent job but the question I can't seem to answer right now is can I race a half and be happy with my time? I know I shouldn't put so much pressure on myself and just go out and have a great time since I haven't really trained for this race, but I think I'm just a tad too competitive for that. Not necessarily competitive with other people but in a constant competition with myself. I want to PR. Of course, there is also the fact that there is a pretty large group of women from my church that are running this race and maybe it's vain, but I want to look good in front of all of them (and, not so secretly anymore, want to beat them all too).
Even a year later, I'm still super nervous about racing. I know that I can cover the distance and I know how I want to fuel. I also know that I do not want to carry water. I still have the fear of the unknown though because come race day, anything is possible.
If nothing else, I do have my race outfit ready to go. I'm lucky to be wearing the turquoise traveling sparkle skirt... hopefully it will provide me with a little bit of extra running mojo:
|I shouldn't be hard to spot... say hello if you see me. :)|
Also, Kim of (Just) Trying is for Little Girls and I will be getting together at packet pickup. If you'll be in town we'd love to meet up with you. Meet us at the 5th Street Public Market fountain at 3pm on Saturday during packet pickup. I shouldn't be too hard to miss there either... I'll be wearing the exact same thing as last year... it is a duck game day after all.
|me with SBS last year|
Run happy & run strong! Go Ducks!!!