I think I might be safe.
**Knock on wood**
It looks like I might have been spared the stomach flu bug. My daughter got it Wednesday but Ron and I are fine. With that worry gone, I feel like I can really think about the race on Sunday.
I love the Seacoast Half Marathon. It’s no secret. I tell everyone and anyone that they need to do it. Flat, beautiful course and great runners. It was my first ever half marathon so it holds a special place in my heart.
When I think back to the first time I ran it, I laugh. I didn’t know a single thing about pace, training, fueling or anything. My training consisted of following Hal Higdon’s beginner half marathon plan. There was no speed work, tempo, hills. Just run x miles on this day.
2010 – 4 1/2 months after my twins were born and very tired.
My one goal? To finish. Along the course, I ran, stopping at aid stations for Gatorade, getting my first taste of Gu and happily taking gummy bears (candy from strangers, awesome!). As I crossed the finish line with a time of 2:02:xx, I was happy and exhausted. I DID IT!! I also remember spending the rest of the day staying close to the bathroom. My first lesson in never, ever mix (or try for the first time during a race) Gatorade, GU and gummy bears on race day! Not.pretty.
Last years race I took 4 minutes off my previous course best. I felt solid for the majority of the race and I’m hoping that this year is the same. My training has been a lot more specific and intense as well.
Here are my goals –
A goal: PR sub 1:45
B goal: PR sub 1:47
C goal: Enjoy the views, cheer on friends and others, smile a lot! I hope to do this no matter what.
My A goal is one that I set at the beginning of the year. If my foot/ankle is feeling great, I don’t think it’ll be a problem. Mile 8-9 is usually where I start to bonk a bit in a half so I’ll have to be conscious of my fueling and pace to leave enough gas in the tank. But overall my plan is to run intuitively.
Speaking of my foot/ankle drama, I had a stern talking from my PT during our session on Wednesday. She asked me what my plans were for after the race. When I said I was going to take a week off from running entirely. She laughed. And then all the other PT’s starting laughing.
What? It’s 7 days of no running…that’s a lot!
For my injury to fully heal, be gone for good and to continue to run the distances/intensities that I want, she is suggesting I do not run for 4-6 weeks after Sunday. No running at all. That was hard to hear.
I know my foot/ankle needs to rest. I would stop running in a heart beat if it hurt all the time while running. It doesn’t, it just feels different, no pain. I know she is right but it’s hard to accept. I’m trying to negotiate a deal with her that allows at least 1-2 days of easy, low mileage running. I don’t think she’ll budge but right now we are in agreement that there will be at least no running at all for 7 days after Sunday.
I know right now is an ideal time to rest. If I pick a May marathon, I will have to start training sometime in January. Regardless of what marathon I do, I have big plans for 2014. I don’t want to spend weeks/months on the DL. I’m trying really hard not be a stubborn runner. It’s tough to stop doing what you love even if it is short term and for the greater good.
Anyway, that’s where I’m at right now. Hopefully, I’ll be one happy camper living in PR City come Sunday!
Do you have a favorite race/event that you do every year?
Are you stubborn?