Happy Thursday, everyone! I worked my three nights this week and now I’m off for five…after being crazy busy at work and fighting some sort of cold (go away, ASAP, please), I’m excited for these nights off. Especially since I slept until 4pm yesterday (high five for my night nurses who realize that waking up at 4pm is considered early in our world…) and then was able to go back to sleep for another seven hours last night. Night shift, you win.
However, that meant that I was up at 8am on a normal schedule, although a nap may be in my future. I am definitely pleased to be on a normal schedule, as Saturday is RACE DAY. Time is certainly flying and I can’t believe that tomorrow I’ll be heading to DC to see Jess and run the Rock n Roll USA Half Marathon on Saturday.
I’m a wee bit nervous…it’s my first race race post-injury, and I haven’t been feeling all that fantastic these past few weeks. My long runs have been great, but my workouts have been quite meh. I took a few days off while I fought these cold and night shift (since I don’t sleep all that while during the day anyway, I can take all the sleep I can get…) and decided to try some speed yesterday. I ran two mile at attempted half marathon pace then stopped…see also: Don’t start half marathon pace on Harlem Hill. Way to set yourself up for failure, Susan. I hit pace but felt terrible, and I realized that snot rockets with actual snot are much grosser than just “it’s cold and my nose is running” snot. Sorry for that.
So anyway, I can’t say I’m feeling all that optimistic about this half. I’m chugging water and nuun to stay hydrated before this and hoping that my cold magically goes away. I feel better today than I did yesterday, but not 100%. Definitely nervous.
My original plan was to try for sub-1:30, and I’m still going to try. My current PR is 1:33:54 at the 2011 Manhattan Half, which I ran without too much thought going into my pace. In fact, I’ve never really ran a half with a goal time in mind. Sub-1:30 would require a 6:50 pace, and to say hearing 6:XX as a pace for 13.1 miles scares me would be an understatement. I’ve had some good workouts this training cycle, so we’ll see what happens.
Of course I’ve been eying the elevation chart…
…and thinking, “Well,miles 4-7 won’t be so fun…” I guess the key will be to take it a little easy on these miles and take it all back on that downhill from miles 7-11. Then hang on for dear life at the end.
A Goal: Sub-1:30. This would be fast.
B Goal: PR = sub 1:33.
C Goal: Remember how to race. It’s been awhile.
That’s pretty simple. I suppose. My bib number is 2826, and I’d tell you how to track me…but you have to pay for it and I think that’s silly. But if you’re really inclined to spend $2 to track me you can go here. Search for my name and away you go.
And if spring could return at least for Saturday morning, that would be nice. Not sure what I’m racing in yet, although I can never bring myself to race in anything but shorts…that might be a poor choice since it might only be 30 degrees at the start. Capris, maybe?
Anyone else going to be at the half? Any tips for racing a half? I have no idea what I’m doing…