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Half Marathon Motivation & Plan

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Guess what tomorrow is!

RACE DAY!!

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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.

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Jillian always knows what’s up. If I could just have her, Bob, and Dolvett run behind me tomorrow, that would be great!

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Mile 12 anyone?

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Don’t you dare!

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Preach.

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Isn’t that the truth! Running is a MENTAL game.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

GO!

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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35 Comments

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    Anna @ Running On Plenty
    October 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Heads up, wings out gal pal! My usual mantra is this: “AB, this is just gonna be 2 hours of suck. Get over it.”

    No lie.

    GOOD LUCK!!!! Get under 2! I know you can…Speedy Gonzales!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Anna- Hahaha I LOVE IT!!! This cracked me up when I read it last week 🙂 You’re so sweet!

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    Emily @ More Than Just Dessert
    October 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I was laughing so hard at the first GIF you posted! haha
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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Emily- Bahaha I’m glad someone else found that funny 🙂

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    October 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Good luck this weekend! You’re going to ROCK your race, and I can’t wait to read all about it. Love this motivational post. I’m going to come back and read it again before the Richmond Marathon. Only three weeks to go! YIKES!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Nicole- Thank you! I can’t believe you’re just 3 weeks away!! SO CLOSE!!!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    October 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Good luck! You’re gonna be awesome tomorrow. I also love the “don’t be a whiny bitch” haha, too funny!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Kelly- Thanks Kelly! It was such a great race!! I know, that image cracked me up and definitely helped me hop out of bed faster!

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    Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    October 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Lots of luck and best wishes on the half tomorrow! You’re gonna do great! 🙂 And that Oiselle top is SUPER cute. You have inspired me to go and do some online shopping…right now…

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Leslee- Thanks girl! HA did you buy anything?!! Isn’t their stuff just the cutest!! I wish my wallet would agree right with that though 🙂

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    October 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    GET IT GIRL!! these are all great quotes and this post definitely psyched ME up!! if you lived closer i’d be out there cheering you on tomorrow! i love the one that says “the temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed”- that is SO true. you can do it!! good luck!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Charlotte- Thank you sweet girl!! Oh my goodness, if only we lived closer!!!

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    Kyle Kranz
    October 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Wow, that is some incredibly consistent pacing you did!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Kyle- Haha thanks Kyle! I hadn’t really noticed that!

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    Ashley
    October 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Sending so much good luck your way lady! 🙂 Can’t wait to read the recap, you’re going to do amazing!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Ashley- Thanks dear!! That good luck helped 🙂 You’re so sweet! Thanks for following along, girl!!

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    Marissa @ Barefoot Colorado
    October 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    HAHAHA “Don’t be a whiny bitch.” I love it.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Marissa- haha glad you liked that 🙂 It gave me a good laugh too!

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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    October 25, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Good Luck on your race tomorrow! Have a beautiful race. And I’d love to read a post on how to train for a half marathon… just sayin 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Ksenija- Thank you! I will FOR SURE do a post like that for you 🙂 No problem!!

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    Lorraine
    October 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Love all of the motivational images! Have a great race tomorrow!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Lorraine- Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed them!

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    October 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Ahh good luck girl! So exciting that you’re going to be racing. I also LOVE the new long sleeve! So flattering and the coral color is definitely one of my all-time favorites :).

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Christine- Thanks Christine!! I love it too..it was unbelievably comfortable!! And the bright color makes it easy for Adam to spot me!

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    Daddeo
    October 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Good luck Squirt. Love you.

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Dad- Thanks dad 🙂

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    October 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Yay! Good luck! Love motivational quotes and sayings!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Katie- Thanks! Me too..amazing how much they help(ed)!!

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    Matilda
    October 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Just Remember to go out and have fun.
    You’ll get your sub 2hour time I know it.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Matilda- Thanks! I agree..it really is all about just having fun 🙂

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    Elizabeth
    October 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Good luck today! I’m sure you will have a smashingly good race– enjoy it!!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Elizabeth- thank you!

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    Katherine
    October 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I know I’m late, but I hope your race was amazing! I Can’t wait to hear the recap!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Katherine- Thanks girl!! It was awesome!! Thanks for the well wishes!!

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    Jen@milesandblessings
    November 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I want that top really really bad!!!! I was trying to decide between that one and a lululemon top. I went with the Lululemon and kinda wished I hadn’t (I like it, but it is too delicate)….might need to sell it and get that one!

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