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A Tale of the Half

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 SundayShape 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?

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2.) Pick out my running outfit.  This is super important to do before the race!!  I already know what shorts I’m wearing:

I’ve worn these (wrinkled) beauties in two previous marathons, when I a) qualified for Boston and b) ran Boston, so why mess with a good thing.

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

17 Responses to A Tale of the Half

  1. Good luck on the race! I’ll be there running the half-marathon as well and am hoping the thunderstorms stay away :-)
    .-= Brandon´s last blog ..How do you taper for a race? =-.

    • Thanks!! Good luck to you as well :) I am also keeping my fingers crossed for no t-storms, but I guess that would definitely make things interesting!

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    .-= kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com´s last blog ..Gluten Free Guide =-.

  4. Good luck girlie! You’re going to do great! I can’t wait to see your playlist. Even though I can’t run yet…I’m gearing up for when I can!
    .-= Lindsay´s last blog ..Tacos and Tennis =-.

  5. Good luck!!!! I’m soaking up all of your tips – I’m running my first 10-mile race on Sunday! :)
    .-= Katie @ Health for the Whole Self´s last blog ..Fish with Citrusy Tomatoes =-.

  6. Glad its a half girl! Enjoy it and let us know how it goes! Hope you’re getting lots of R&R tonight!!
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Weekend Update (Including a Blogger Meet up!) =-.

  7. I absolutely love that John Bingham quote!

    GOOD LUCK with your half, you are going to rock it! Can’t wait to hear the report back to us after =D

  8. I would say good luck, but you don’t need it! What I will say, HAVE SO MUCH FUN! Enjoy and soak in every amazing moment of it :)

    I love that Bingham quote. It’s exactly how I feel. When I read about who write about “wanting to become” or “will try to be” a runner, I tell them to cross that thought out and to just put “I am a runner.” It’s so effective.

    Can’t wait to hear about your race recap!
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Day 88: 28.04 Miles =-.

  9. Lauren, good luck on Sunday and thanks for stopping by my blog. It is so great meeting new people with similar interests. I will be running the Providence Half too if this cold I am fighting does not progress any further….she says with all fingers and toes crossed. Be well and run strong!

  10. Good luck – you’re going to rock your 1/2 marathon! I can understand the super-competitive spirit that drives you to want to run the full, but you are definitely making the right decision, and are so positive! Thanks for the great running tips!

    Get lots of rest, Lauren! :)

  11. Just came across your blog! Good luck on Sunday. I grew up in Massachusetts. I spent a lot of time in Warren and Woonsocket R.I. where my grandparents on both sides lived. I love R.I.

    Judi :)
    .-= Judi´s last blog ..Jump Roping =-.

  12. Good luck with the race! I’m sure you’ll kick some 1/2 Mary butt 😀
    Is it quite a big race you’re doing? I’ve done two halfs, and both times, there was no expo or anything…you just turned up and ran pretty much! So unproper 😛
    .-= Freya @ Brit Chick Runs´s last blog ..TGIF! And: Chickpeas – a far better use! =-.

  13. You will do great! Now relax and enjoy!!!
    .-= Mama Pea´s last blog ..Do You Remember? =-.

  14. So, Sunday’s pretty much over. How does it feel to be an official half-marathoner?! Either way – automatic PR’s do rule. Ha! You make races sound exciting and I’m almost inspired to finally sign up for one this spring. :)

  15. How did your race go??

  16. Bonnie Wheeler

    Hope you had a great race. I seem to recall being there for what I think may have been your FIRST marathon. The running quote we have framed in our bathroom (so we see it first thing when we get up): You don’t stop running because you get old; you get old because you stop running.” Picked up that bit of wisdom in “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. GREAT book.

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