The road to 26.2 makes a stop at the Earth Day Half Marathon this weekend.
With four weeks to go before I attempt my first marathon, I’ll be running 13.1 this weekend. I ran this race last year – my first half marathon – and enjoyed the event even though the last 4 miles were difficult, somewhat painful and cold. I completed last year’s Earth Day run in 2 hours 38 minutes (at an average pace of [12:48]/mile). Four months later, I ran a second half marathon and shaved 4 minutes of that time. I’m hoping to do much better at tomorrow.
As I prepare for my first full marathon, I’ve made it a point to not focus on the numbers. Everyone has encouraged me to avoid setting a pace or time goal the marathon. I’ve trained consistently over the past three months (and there’s still one month to go) and have been pleased with my progress. After every run, I am surprised at the actual average pace I’ve been able to maintain.
Here’s what I’m hoping for my half marathon race tomorrow:
- control my energy at the starting line (I got caught up in the excitement of the start last year and ran the first few miles at a pace that was not sustainable);
- run at a consistent pace like I’ve done in all my training run;
- keep a positive mental attitude – I actually enjoy running and I need to remember that;
- finish strong.
My goals for tomorrow’s run are simple and achievable – based on my training to this point. I hope to shave about 20 minutes of my time from last year, but I’m not going to compromise my goals in order to make that happen.
should will go well, but the fact that only four weeks remains until I run my first marathon – now that has me a little freaked out! I’ll keep you posted …
Be well and make it a great day!