If you're looking for a feel good, motivational post on my goals for Sunday's half marathon, you're probably not going to find it here.
You will find a little bit of low-brow humor, however. Shocking, I know!
So here we go.
In case you just jumped into my blog, here's the deal. I was on track to run a fantastic half marathon in September: the Heartbreak Ridge Half. 5 weeks before the race, I injured my leg. Boo. I then spend the next 6-8 weeks (can't remember the specifics) rehabbing my leg and getting healthy. While injured, I decided to sign up for a half marathon in October (Temecula Half Marathon), thinking that I'd be healthy by then.
I'm healthy! YAY!
But... being healthy doesn't mean that I can go out there and run myself into the ground.
My coach e-mailed me yesterday and wrote "we are running this race because we can." He also told me that I need to exercise caution because I'm going into it having run a mileage deficit. Or something to that effect. In other words, the longest run I've done in over 2 months is the 10-miler that I did last Sunday. It went well, but that doesn't mean I can go out there and try to bust out 8 minute miles for the entirety of this race. That would be DUMB, and I'm finished being a DUMB runner.
So Sunday is simply a solid training run. If I have to put a number on it (to it?), I'd have to say that I'm shooting for a 9 minute mile pace.
After checking out the course, I think this is a solid plan. Good morning, hills.
1) No pooping in my shorties
2) No pooping during the race
I feel pretty confident that I will be able to achieve Goals #1 and #2. It's only a half, and my bowels do ok during that distance. I just have to watch what I eat the night before.
3) Wear a cute outfit.
Check. This goal is already accomplished. I am wearing my new Run to Honor visor (more on Run to Honor in a later post...) and a red Team Sparkle skirt.
Team Sparkle skirts have become all the rage within the past few months. Many popular running bloggers are doing/have done give-aways recently. My outfit for Sunday is actually a rerun from the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon (sans the Minnie Mouse ears that have gone flat in the below photo). In fact, the Sparkly Girls Paparazzi ambushed me after the race for a photo that they could put on their Team Sparkle Facebook page.
How rude that I didn't even get off the phone. What was I thinking? Oh well. I really wanted to talk to my Mommy. What can I say?
Wow. I look like complete SHIT here. But at least I was a running fashion trendsetter, right? I wore a sparkly skirt way before its time.
4) Run that 9 minute mile pace we discussed earlier. Or that I discussed. Or that I typed. Whatever.
So that's that!!! Off to the race, I go!