I registered for this race back in December when my "long" run was a mere 4 miles and I was nervous that I'd be ready to run 13.1 in early May. Who would have known that before this race, I would log my longest run ever, 20 miles? Not me!
I'm really excited to see my friends in Indy and this race is just icing on the cake. So far, the weather is looking good for running through town and AROUND THE INDY SPEEDWAY:
I've been debating about a few things for this upcoming race:
- What to wear besides the super-cool turquoise Team Sparkle Traveling Skirt?
I think I'll pair it with ?? My tat sleeves - probably. Cool BondiBand - likely. Top - I looked for an IndyCar / NASCAR-themed shirt but struck out. I guess it will have to be a
- How to hydrate?
- What are my pace / time goals?
My last two half marathons (RNR NOLA [Feb2011, 1:54], Lake Sammamish Half [March 2011; 1:52]) were fun runs and I had surprisingly good times for being early in my training. So, I want to beat my last half time and hit 1:50, which will be my "C" goal.
My pre-baby PR was 1:47 and I'd be pretty damn happy to tie that PR this weekend so that will be my "B" goal. I will start the race with the intent of meeting this goal, running about 8:15 pace. This will definitely be challenging but given my speed workouts and the science behind the Furman FIRST program, I think it's achievable. I need to trust the training, right?
In my pre-baby life, I had the goal of running a 1:45. I'd like to make that my "A" goal but it seems totally unrealistic to drop 7 minutes from my current time. Or, isn't the "A" goal supposed to be almost unattainable anyway? Ok, fine. I will only chase after this goal if by mile 6, I am keeping my B goal pace and feeling like I have a LOT left in me. My only fear is that I'll get overexcited (like always) and burn out before the end.
BONKing is my forte. Sad but true.
Indy Mini Goals
Ok, so I'm setting myself up for some ambitious goals at all the three levels, but this is what I've been training for over the last three months, right?! The Furman FIRST program has been making me speedy so now it's time to see what these legs can do - I'm going all out baby!
Trust the training. Trust the training. Trust the training. Trust...