Referring back to my last post, time has been flying by. It seems like just yesterday it was January and I had three months to prepare for tomorrow. But it’s here and all the preparation is done, and I’m ready (I think) to complete my first half marathon tomorrow in Clearwater Beach.
The last month of training was going great – I ran a couple 10+ mile runs and felt good, not great but who feels great after 10 miles? My endurance is there, I’m not even out of breath at the end of a run. But my legs. The last couple weeks have just been ridden with injuries and aggravations in my legs. A week and a half ago, I was doing walking lunges with my trainer and pulled my right hip. That’s been the worst of it, it hasn’t really come back fully yet even though I have virtually rested for the last week. It’s tight and pulls more when I’m moving a lot (even walking). I’ve been stretching a lot and forcing my husband into nightly massages. My second aggravation has been my knees, just more of aches and pains, things I can get through.
So we’ll see. I haven’t run in a week now, which I’m not feeling great about but I figured it was better to let my hip heal than to push it. I’m working on a pace of 10:00 minute miles tomorrow which will put me at a finishing time of about 2 hours 20 minutes, a fair feat for a first timer. My husband swears I’m going to get bored and take off finishing sub 2 hours (9 minute miles or less), we’ll see about that. No iPods tomorrow which two months ago I would have been furious about. But the more I run, the more I have been connecting with my body, mind and the run itself and I have found that I am not as reliant on music as I once was. The only thing I am upset about is not having my Nike iPod + to pace myself (it keeps track of your pace, distance, total time and I am obsessed with it), and more importantly to hear Lance Armstrong say “Congratulations, that was your longest workout!” The second part is minor, I guess I’ll just have to run 13.1 miles on my own to hear that…or maybe I can live without it.
Wish me luck! Post race updates to come after the race!