Guess what tomorrow is!
Finally! This race has felt like it took forever to get here, and now it’s finally D-Day. I guess that’s what happens when you register for a race 5 months out!
I wanted to make today’s post a, “pump myself up” post and map out my game plan. So, lucky for you, maybe you’ll be motivated as well!
I found some motivational quotes and funnies on Pinterest and Reddit the other night, and wanted to share my favorites. One of them has a potty-mouth word, but this is my little internet land and I was cracking up when I first saw it.
You can follow my board, Sweet Miles, on Pinterest, HERE.
Jillian always knows what’s up. If I could just have her, Bob, and Dolvett run behind me tomorrow, that would be great!
Mile 12 anyone?
Don’t you dare!
Isn’t that the truth! Running is a MENTAL game.
Probably the best way of looking at it. That’s what I always try to remind myself at mile 10! Just a 5K left and I KNOW I’ve done plenty of those!
I just need to remember what the feeling of finishing a half marathon feels like, and then double that with the feeling of a PR!
Maybe I should put this on my phone’s alarm clock in the morning? It’s going to be FREEZING in the morning, and I know the first words out of my mouth will be, “why am I doing this again??”
The half marathon I’m running tomorrow is the Soaring Wings Half Marathon in Conway, Arkansas. It has an awesome cause behind it, and I’m so proud that I’ll be running in support of such a great ministry. If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Soaring Wings Ranch website.
Race time is 8am, and I got the scoop on the hill situation from a friend and fellow racer last night: 1 long “incline” around mile 3, another hill around mile 6, and last big hill at mile 12, but mile 13 is all downhill. I think I can handle that!
It’s supposed to be in the upper 30’s, maybe low 40’s in the morning, so deciding what to wear was a bit of a debacle. As of now, I’m planning on wearing compression socks, shorts, an outer layer (maybe), and my new Oiselle Flyte long sleeve layer!! I might even go pick up a cheap Wal-mart sweatshirt to toss after a few miles.
I used that gift card I won back in July and ordered it on Tuesday, and it was on my doorstep last night! TWO DAYS! Talk about great customer service! I tried it on to make sure it fit, and it was love at first sight. It’s incredibly comfy, fitted but not too tight, and very breathable. I think if I could I would order it in every color! On the back of the included postcard it has their motto, “head up, wings out.” How cute is that?? I love this bright coral color, and it will make it much easier for Adam to spot me at the race. I usually wear black or grey and he always complains about missing me because I blend into the crowd.
I took a few minutes last night and wrote down my mile splits for my last half, and figured out the average. Based on how I’ve been training this go around, and all the hard work I put in this summer to improve my speed, there shouldn’t be a reason why I can’t beat each of these splits! Here’s the breakdown from my 2:05:43 race in March:
Mile 1: 9:37
Mile 2: 9:14
Mile 3: 9:34
Mile 4: 9:38
Mile 5: 9:38
Mile 6: 9:22
Mile 7: 9:24
Mile 8: 9:19
Mile 9: 9:18
Mile 10: 9:45
Mile 11: 9:39
Mile 12: 9:30
Mile 13: 9:11
That works out to an average mile pace of 9:28. I have been working so hard to stay in the lower 9’s, and mostly in the 8’s, that there should no reason why I can’t cut off a large chunk from each of these splits. As long as I don’t go out too early and ruin my chances in the first few miles…I should be good! AND it’s going to be cold!
A 9:09 AVERAGE pace, will land you a 1:59:57 time. According to this pace chart by Runner’s World.
Even if I cross the finish line in 1:59:59, I will be happy! Anything under 2 hours!
So here’s my plan:
Start out at a good pace, but not too fast of course. Wing it from there.
Do you have a mantra you use to motivate yourself? Are you racing this weekend? What was your last, or what is your newest race goal?
PS. Shout out to everyone racing the Marine Corps Marathon in DC on Sunday!! So glad it didn’t get cancelled! One of my best friends, Ashleigh, is running it and I can’t wait to hear all about it!
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