After three years of running half-marathons, the novelty of going through the motions isn’t exactly what it used to be. I could go out and run 13.1 miles on Saturday, finish line or not (so anticlimactic!).
The novelties of aid stations, Garmin-shots and race photos to plump up the album however, are a little enticing. The novelty of racing has me hooked.
That series of photos could have easily gone the other way; looks of death, confusion, disorientation, heel strikes, etc. We’ll save those for another day’s fun!
Between March and April, these legs raced for two half-marathons, both exceeding the low expectations I had. Sadly, I’m not the race-junkie I once was in DC (not by choice…if my race-junkie-enablers were here, and if there were more options, my habits would not be safe!). My bank account appreciates the break, my speed tactics do not. Without the constant “practice”, I get a little out of the zone and intimidated by the idea of a “Goal Race”.
But at this point, why should I pay to run, if I don’t go all out and Race??
For the sake of making a point, ignore that this particular event serves Summer Ale & Pizza afterward – also ignore that this will be consumed at approx 9:45 a.m. Kthanks.
I work my dollars, so the legs should make my dollars work for me – right? Right! I chose this race specifically because of the timing….um, and the pizza & beer (its like they know me). I had 5 weeks to capitalize on existing endurance, and speed that was finally coming back.
FYI: Move to high altitude, mid-marathon training or not, and you will likely lose at least a minute/mile on your ‘normal’ pace. Fun little game you play, Colorado!
Anyway, all of this to say that I picked this race to finally RACE. I’m putting that out there, with every intent to motivate myself and go for it. So, here are the goals:
1:39:xx – If all the stars were aligned, and I wasn’t feeling a little run-down this week, this goal would be seeming much more attainable. It’s definitely within reach, but it will create one of those I’m-going-to-die-look finish photos, no doubt.
1:41:xx – This is possible. End of story. These photos tell me so:
Taste of Louisville Half Marathon, I’m coming ‘atcha!
Your turn! Put those goal races, goal times and/or goal adventures out there. Let’s hear it…