Happy Friday!! Is it just me or did this week drag on ridiculously long?! It probably has something to do with being sick but praise the Lord, I finally feel a little more alive today! Last night was the first night that I skipped out on the Nyquil. Ha, but then I was wide awake from 2:30-4:00 thinking about my grocery shopping list. Why do I do that to myself? I even tried listening to a bit of meditations. It helped and I slept until my alarm at 4:50. But hey, at least it's the weekend!! And I even got a quick 3 miler in with the hubs before work = a good day!
I am running the SLO half marathon this weekend. I ran it back in 4/2014 with a time of 1:55. Something clicked for me about a year and a half later when I ran my PR half @ a 1:40. I originally went into this knowing that spring marathons are tougher for me just because I have to train during the winter, which is typically a time in which I get injured, but I didn't this year! Interestingly enough, when looking at the year I PR'd, I only ran 3 races the entire year, and I didn't run one from Feb until Oct of that year, so I wonder if there is something about giving my body a bit of rest...?
1. Get my tummy under control. I do this by eating clean all week, cut down on gluten & no added sugars, so far so good :) ⇃
2. I want to really take in my surroundings and be grateful for the opportunity to run in such a beautiful city and with awesome peeps.
3. The first 5 miles of the race are fairly boring so I want to go out a bit faster than usual, so sub 8 for the first 3-5 miles.
4. Miles 6-8 will be through downtown so I think it'll be easier to go a little quicker through this area. My time goal will be a sub 7:50 through here.
5. Miles 9-11.5 are through a neighborhood, so I may take the chance to slow down here with a time goal of 8:15.
6. Miles 11.5-13.1 are back downtown and mostly downhill, so I plan to take full advantage of my surroundings with a 7:45 average.
I guess my adjustments come in based on how I'm feeling on Sunday. I like to chunk my races into 3 mile segments and then that last mile is a bonus ;). And if I need to, I'll take it a mile at a time.
Have you ever had to readjust your goals for a race? Why?
What is the best race/run you've ever had?