I am sure you are all getting tired of hearing about the half marathon I have coming up this weekend, but I haven't ran a race since November and a half marathon since September of 2011! Forever ago and I am really excited about finally doing another! Here is my 3 part plan
1. Run my own race. I used to try to start out fast with everyone, but I later discovered that if I can just hold it in at the start and not take off like a bat out of hell sprinting when the gun goes off I tend to pass a lot of people as the race goes on. It is so much more gratifying to pass people who are struggling than to be passed by people who are making it look easy while I am struggling.
2. Two words..NEGATIVE SPLIT
Always a goal in a race. Means I finished strong and didn't start out all crazy.This will be easy since the first half of the race has roughly three uphill miles and the second half has only one and as far as I can tell the rest of the race is downhill
3. Have fun, relax, and enjoy. I know this won't be a crazy PR attempt. I haven't been able to get the training in. If I am not feeling the pace I am expecting to run it at, I am okay with letting go of it..really. BUT if at the halfway point I am feeling it...go for it!
also...if anyone has any great songs on their playlist I am looking for some new ones to add to mine. I probably will run without music for the first 5 miles or so, but then I like to turn some on to keep me pumped up.
and I will leave you with what one of my favorite shirts says. Happy running today!