13 days until the Women's Half Marathon in St. Petersburg.
2 weeks before my first half back in September I wrote a post called "The Hay is in the Barn" (click HERE to check it out)
2 weeks before my first half I was feeling extremely confident about my training. I felt comfortable with the race course because we had trained on it several times. I felt at ease as I had studied the course map and pretty much memorized the route as well as the locations of the water stations.
Most importantly, 2 weeks before my first half marathon I knew I could go the distance because I had run 13 miles twice before in training runs in addition to a 6 other runs of 10+ mile runs. I knew I could all the way!
Now it's 2 weeks before my second half marathon which is 8 weeks after my first half. Now, none of the confidence I had with my first half marathon is with me crrently. I have never seen, let alone trained on, the course (except for a video of the route which I have seen at least 10 times). I have no confidence I can go the distance. My long runs in the past couple of weeks are a bunch of 5 milers, an 8 miler, and one 10.5 miler. I haven't gone 13.1 miles since 9/25 and am fairly certain that I can't any more. I'm not like everyone else in the blogosphere - I'm not a finely tuned athlete who can just decide to run 20 miles because it's a nice day and it feels good. "C" and I have invested a lot of time and money in this upcoming race. We have had to pay not only for the race, but also for airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and food. We both have to take 2 days off of work. It's a huge investment and I'm not trained properly.
What a difference 8 weeks makes!
This is what my hay barn looks like for this upcoming race:
Have you ever done a race without having enough mileage under your belt? How did you get through? What advice do you have?
T minus 13 days - YIKES!!!!!!!!!!