It’s the second time I’m running it. The first time I ran it, it was the third of three halfs in a row, and it was less than fun. My legs were completely exhausted.
Going into this race, my legs definitely feel a little tired, for no good reason. I’m certainly not overtrained. I’ve stuck to my planned distances, and didn’t push the speed.
I’m taking today as a complete rest day (well, other than walking the two miles to work, back at lunch, back to work, and then back home tonight) and will do a little shakeout run tomorrow as well as an agility class.
I’m fairly nervous about this race for a few reasons:
I want to PR but am not feeling ready for it.
I’ve not yet run sub-2 solo.
These ladies have all been fabulous pacers and running buddies.
But Sunday, I’m running solo. I’ve never been one who has to run with someone, but it’s worked out for the past few races that I have run with someone.
I’ve said that my current half PR doesn’t feel “real” because I ran into Gia and just hung on for my dear life. Yes, I ran it on my own legs, but it was at her pace, and with her having figured out her race strategy and me just following along.
I plan to grab a pace band at the expo tomorrow or just printing out this one/writing the times on my arm. A pace band worked really well for me at the NYC Marathon, so hopefully it will work on Sunday. As usual, I’m going to start out a little slower and then pick up the pace. (The pace bands count on even splits, but I’m just going to use them as a guideline for where I should be.)
I’m also planning on taking a salt packet before the race to avoid any potential dehydration issues, after my brush with the medical tent.
1:55 or bust.
Edited to add:Â The Skin Cancer Foundationâ€™s Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Aveeno, will be at 72nd St and 5th Ave. from 8-12 during the race, withÂ local volunteer dermatologists offering free full-body skin cancer screenings in the Tourâ€™s 38-ft RV, and I absolutely plan on taking them up on this, as I am long overdue for one.