Friday, June 1, 2012

"Running never gets easier, you just get faster"

That is really the truth, running never does get easier, but in the last year and a half I have seen my pace improve significantly.  Yes, I am still slow.  Yes, I still come home sore and tired a lot.  But I also come home a few minutes faster than I was running last year.

In two days I am running my second half marathon.  I am beyond excited; this is the race that got me interested in running longer distances.  Last year I had just started running and could barely run 6-7 miles when the covered bridge half marathon was taking place, but I went and cheered on my friends, and my heart told me "next year you HAVE to run this race!"

I am by no means a seasoned half marathoner.  However, I feel confident about this race.  I know the course.  I have trained.  I have already survived one half.  I know I can do this.  And I know I can and likely will (barring nothing disastrous happens) get a new PR.

But I am still nervous.  I want to enjoy this race.  I want to not think about being in pain or how much longer I have to go.  And though I am by no means a competitive person, I want to kick ass.  I want to beat my last race by a huge amount of time.  I want to push myself and prove that my training has not been worthless.  I want to see my finishing time and be proud, not disappointed.  I want to have a better time than my friends who are also running (nice, huh?).  I want to shave at least 11 minutes off my finishing time last year.  I want to prove to myself that I can meet my goal.  And if I don't, I know it will not be the end of the world, I will still PR, but I will be angry with myself.  I know I am capable of going faster.

Tomorrow will be a busy day of errands and housework to get me exhausted for Saturday night.  I will go through all my pre-run rituals--eat too much pasta and have a large glass of wine.  I will try to go to bed early and get as much sleep as possible but my mind will be focused on the race and I will likely toss and turn all night.  I will get up early on Sunday, eat my pre-race breakfast (toasted deli thin with egg white and reduced fat cheese on one side.  Eaten separately on the other half of the deli thin I do PB.  Thanks for asking.), go to the bathroom, and hop in the truck.  I will fiddle with my phone, earbuds, and fuel belt.  I will double and triple check that I have enough shotbloks.  I will try to take deep breaths and relax.

And then I will be running my way through the windy back roads of Vermont for the next 2 hours.

Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. I will be rooting you on from PA! Get 'em girl!