I'm feeling amazingly confident going into my first half marathon. I think it's a combination of knowing that I've had 5 months of consistent training (shout out to the 2 reasons I have been able to train "L"& "C") and having had a very positive 10 mile race at the Parlor City Trot. I also think that having a primary goal of finishing injury free takes a lot of pressure off - though "L" and I still think it would be within our reach to finish in about 3 hours (given our 10 mile time of 2:18).
I say that because I'm also scared. I have learned 13 is A LOT further than 10 - don't ask me why . . . in theory it's only 3 more miles, but something happens and it feels like another 10 miles. I'm scared because people die in half marathons. I'm scared because I have put so much time into training that I don't want to be disappointed in my effort. I'm scared I'll be too pooped to walk back to the car after the race . . . let alone drive home.
I've been reading my fav blogs all day and it appears that some of you have gotten a bit down on yourselves (not mentioning any names but there are at least 3 of you who seem to be a bit leary of your abilities to complete your upcoming half marathons). So, I'm asking all of my thousands of readers:
1. What has been the best piece of advice you have ever received related to race day, running, or just life in general?
2. What is something you would really want new runners to know about their first half?
3. What are some strategies you use to push through the hard parts of a half (ex: I read a book where she described how she had had all of her friends write down a funny comment - she put the papers in her SPI belt and pulled one out at each mile)?
4. What is your favorite quote?
For those of you in training for your first (me included) - we're going to rock this race like we are superstars!!!! Those of you who are sidelined with injuries or health conditions - hang in there, things will turn around and tomorrow will be so much better than today (trust me, I was sidelined for 10 years with a heel problem).