Maddie and I enjoyed some of the incredible weather we’re having lately with a lovely 3.5 mile run around the block this morning. We ran a path we haven’t run in a while and made a few doggie friends along the way. There was a french bull dog down the street that really wanted to grab Maddie’s attention, but Maddie would have none of it. She ran by with her nose high up in the air and didn’t look back. She was running! Clearly that meant there was no time to sniff butts or play “whose bark is the loudest.” She was on a mission. 🙂
We came back and did some rolling and stretching (Maddie has perfected her downward dog/ upward dog positions).
A big bowl of kibble for Maddie, a pumpkin protein smoothie for me.
- plain chobani
- vanilla protein powder
- pumpkin spice
- peanut butter
I received my final instructions for the Women’s Half Marathon last night. I think I may have been a tad ambitious when I predicted my finish time during registration last March.
1:45? Ha! That will not be happening this Sunday.
The Women’s Half Marathon course is almost identical to the St. Pete Rock ‘n’ Roll course I ran – and PR’d at! – last February. For the St. Pete Rock ‘n’ Roll I was doing some pretty intense speed training with the goal of a 1:45 finish time. It ended up being one of those perfect races where everything lined up beautifully (great weather, empty course, awesome running buddy, positive mental attitude, etc.) and I ran the half in 1:45:39 (beating my previous half marathon PR by 7 minutes).
I had hoped for a repeat performance at the Women’s Half, but my lackluster attitude towards training mixed with wedding planning, recovery from Miami 70.3, and pure laziness means that I’m not prepared for that. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing – it is what it is.
I know I just gave the speech “not every race has to be a PR” not to long ago, but I wanted to make it clear I’m sticking with that attitude because it still rings true. Do I feel guilty that I set a 1:45 goal when I registered for this race back in March and will now probably not hit it? Not in the least. There’s no way I could have predicted how burnt out I would feel on speed training, just as there’s no way I could have predicted anything else in life.
I’ll be running this race with a couple of girlfriends and we plan to enjoy every minute of it. Our new goals are to not take ourselves too seriously and try to come in under 2:00 hours. The awesome thing about this race is that it’s all-female and very “Girl Power!” driven. Heck, what I’m looking forward to the most is the necklace that comes with our medal at the end. Bling. Bling.
Is anyone else running a race this weekend? Do you have a goal in mind?