A Tale of the Half
|April 30, 2010||Posted by Lauren under Running|
Thank you all for your good luck wishes about my race on Sunday. It really and truly means a lot.
And now for an announcement that I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for in eager anticipation….
I am officially a Half Marathoner on Sunday. Shape Up RI Half Marathon…here I come!
On the surface, this is great news. I did ask for the switch after all. And after my crappy month of training, it really is the best decision.
However, I have to confess that I am a super competitive person — with myself. So when I didn’t hear back from the race organizers, a little birdie deep down in my sick, twisted heart woke up and started singing softly with excitement. I thought maybe it might be “fun” if I had to suck it up and do the full marathon after all. What can I say, I never promised to be the most logical person…
Thankfully, this is not going to happen. And I am now looking at this race as an opportunity. I’ve never actually run a 1/2 marathon, which means an automatic PR (personal record)! That’s the beauty of running your first race at any distance — it’s bound to be your best. But…since I am technically a half-newbie, if any of you have some great tips for this distance, please share!
During these next few days, I plan to do the following things to prepare:
1.) Obsessively check the weather. One of the “joys” of New England is that the weather is constantly changing. We had a freezing cold, rainy beginning of the week, and are now expecting a heat wave this weekend. Latest reports say Sunday is going to be in the high 70s with a chance of thunderstorms. Perfect running weather, no?
Since the weather is still in flux (see number 1 above), I have yet to pick out an official race-day top. But this brings me to another important point. Whenever you are traveling for a race, bring a variety of different running “outfits” and pack layers. When it comes to running, it’s way better to over-pack and be prepared.
3.) Eat lots of carbs, drink lots of fluid, buy the race-day food essentials (more about that tomorrow), limit fats and acidic foods, and avoid sweets and alcohol (can you guess which one of these will be harder than the other?)
The day/night before the race, I also plan on limiting protein, leafy veggies, and dairy. The goal is easy digestion!
4.) Visit the race expo to get my number, and hopefully a few free samples. I absolutely love race expos. In fact, I look forward to these with so much anticipation that it tends to be a let down when they turn out to be nothing more than a couple of booths selling things in a high school gym (sorry Bay State, I think your marathon was awesome but your expo was…not awesome).
5.) REST. I’m going easy on the running and making sure to get two full nights of sleep. This means that I won’t be up to my usual Friday night “shenanigans” of running around town until the wee hours of the night. (I kid…)
I’ll be back tomorrow with a few more words of my “invaluable” pre-race wisdom (think more fuel tips and playlists). But for now, I leave you with some running quotes. This first one accurately sums up what I love most about running.
“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” ~ John Bingham
And about racing:
“When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there’s not really a reason, it’s just the adrenalin when you start, and the feeling when you cross the finish line, and know that you are a winner no matter what place you got.” ~Courtney Parsons