Yesterday was another hot day, but I was smarter about where I went to run after work and chose a route I knew was partially shaded. I did 4 miles @ 8:22 and my legs felt like I had 10 pound weights strapped to my ankles.
Halfway through my run I realized I hadn’t had a rest day since last Saturday, the day BEFORE my 14 mile run. Now is the time to get smart about resting and getting ready for my half marathon next Sunday, so I’m looking forward to a total day of rest today 🙂
I’m so excited about my upcoming half, but I’m also really nervous. I feel prepared physically, but I can’t remember the last time I raced a new distance. I’ve been doing 5ks & 10ks since I was in high school, but this will be the very first time I attempt to race anything over 6.2 miles. I don’t just want to finish, I want to run a good race. With my wedding less than four months away and my summer calendar quickly filling up, I’m not going to have time to do another half marathon until October in preparation for the Richmond Marathon in November. So, I want to make sure I make the most of this one.
I’ll be happy with anything under two hours, but I really want to push myself to get as close to that 1:50-1:55 range as I can. Since I’m inexperienced at this distance, I don’t really know what to expect, which kind of drives me crazy. My dad is going to run it with me, and he is quite the half marathon expert (he’s done more than 40 of them!!), so I know I’ll have good support during the race.
Now, this is where I need your help. I want to know anything and everything that you wish you knew before your first half marathon, or anything that you did know that really helped you out. Anything I can do now, tomorrow, next week, the night before or the day of is going to be helpful!!
Ready, set, GO