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The Plan for Race Day

by Meghann on February 10, 2012

My last run before the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Petersburg Half Marathon this weekend is done.

4 miles at goal pace (8:00 min/mi) without any problems.

Do I still think I can maintain that pace for an additional 9 miles on Sunday? Honestly, I’m not sure. I haven’t been following my training plan as carefully as I would have liked and looking back I wish I would have pushed myself a little harder. Still, I’ll be happy with whatever happens. This is my first half marathon that I’ve tried to PR in well over a year, so I’ll be happy with anything.

The plan on Sunday is:

  • Get a nice 5 minute warm-up jog before the start to loosen the legs up
  • Not to go out too fast and wear myself out <– I’m so guilty of this!
  • Take advantage of friends who offer to be pacers (Thanks Mary!)
  • Have fun <- most important part

And just in case this race doesn’t go as planned, I may or may not have a back-up.

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I bit the bullet and registered for the Gasparilla Half Marathon on March 4th. This is a great locally run race that I’ve loved running in the past (2009 + 2010) and I knew if I didn’t register for it, that I would regret it. If you are in the Tampa Bay area looking for a good race with lots of energy, I highly recommend it. Three cheers for local races! :)

So if Sunday doesn’t pan out, I have a plan B, which could be good or bad. The good is having the back-up in place and the bad is knowing I have the back-up in place – meaning I could mentally persuade myself to give up that much sooner if it came down to it because I know that race is there.

On that note, let’s add a new goal for Sunday:

  • Do NOT mentally give up before my legs give out.

There. That’s better.

Is anyone else running a race this weekend? GOOD LUCK!

Speaking of races… I haven’t forgotten about Flying Pig. I’m working on a training plan for that and fully intend to dive in once Rock ‘n’ Roll is finished. Gasparilla will just be folded into the training. Well, that’s the plan for now.

After my run, I broke out the cereal boxes for breakfast.

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  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares
  • Plain Chobani
  • Sprinkle PB2
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Walnuts

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A very berry Valentine’s themed breakfast. :)

And, for a little fun, the song that is currently stuck in my head.

(couldn’t find a great YouTube video of the original Toby Keith version of this song, but Glee works too :) )

When we were in Vermont this song was playing at one of the chairlifts and the operator was belting it with the hugest grin on his face as he shoveled snow onto the pathway – it was hilarious. We couldn’t stop laughing or singing it the chair ride up. Thus ‘Red Solo Cup’ became the anthem of the weekend. Or it just became the anthem for the four of us on the chairlift, I’m not sure everyone else really understood our random outbursts of ‘Red Solo Cup.’ ;)

Where was this song when I was in college? We were big fans of ‘Friends in Low Places’ back in the day. After or one or two drinks, we would basically put ‘Friends in Low Places’ on repeat and just sway in a circle, singing it at the top of our lungs, but I think Red Solo Cup would have been even better. Good times.

What was your favorite big group song in college?

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