This marks my 50th post on WordPress. I have no idea why it feels important to me. But it does. In the short time I have been here I have learned even more about myself, and I have connected with some pretty awesome people along the way. And I thank you pretty awesome people. Yes. You. Each and every one of you. Cheers. To blogging. And running. And blogging about running. And blogging about pretty awesome people stuff!
So. In honor of my 50th post, I have chosen a half marathon race. It’s neither of my prior two choices. But it doesn’t involve hills. I’m guessing that’s a good thing. Its sooner than I expected. Almost two months sooner. That scares me a little. Okay, a lot. So does that little countdown thing I added to my page. Will I be ready?! I have no idea. Then again, the question remains if I don’t just do it, will I ever be totally ready?! And the answer will most certainly always be no. So *gulp* here goes!
August 25, 2013
It’s fairly close to home. Close to home means I can realistically do a practice run or two before the race. I realized on my run earlier that feels important to me. I also realized I am not trading a better pace for not stopping and snapping a photo when I see my hearts in nature. I factor that into my times already. Since my heart stuff it’s my version of a security blanket. I am not ready to let go of my security blanket. Not passing the fire department on my creek run was a huge aspect of me letting go. I am not ready to let go of more right now. Besides, the time limit to finish the race is six hours. I could walk the route in 6 hours. And that makes me feel less anxious about it becoming real. I know I won’t be the first person to finish, but I won’t be the last person to finish either. And it involves wine. Anything that involves wine is a good thing. But there is more.
The race is also an official Boston Marathon qualifying race. Not that I have my sights set on anything remotely as f-ing hardcore as qualifying for Boston right now, but it added a little extra awesome to the race. Well, except for the part when I get passed and lapped by people just oozing with Boston qualifying awesomeness. But no bother, perhaps when they pass and lap me they will splash some of that sweat oozing with awesomeness on me!? A woman can dream.
So fellow runners, what is a decent finishing time for first time 13.1 rookie? What is a good one? What was your first 13.1 time? Should I just not care about my pace and keep training hard? Is running the route to “practice” prior to the race helpful? Not helpful? Please help! I need to know these things. Don’t I?!
Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!