Since "C" and I began running half marathons together, we have always sat down at a table with the course map and pen in hand and discussed exactly how we plan on tackling the race. We cover every aspect of the race: hydrating, fueling, pacing, intervals (you know we run/walk), mental breaks, physical breaks, staging spectators, etc. We cover it all. We usually spend about an hour studying the course map and working on a strategy and refining it until complete confidence in "the plan" is reached. Last night, we focused on how "C" will tackle the upcoming Fort 4 Fitness Half Marathon which is just 10 days away. See "C" has done all the training and way more than I (she hiked all over freakin' Colorado earlier this summer AND walked all over NYC last month so), and I know that she will be able to get her goal of a 2:45, but she is suffering from a lack of confidence. We created a good plan that I think she feels is doable, but I can't help but worry for her - she supports me in helping me to push myself to improve as a runner and to help me get PRs and I want to help her however I can.
Would you all do me a favor (Pretty please)? Please leave a comment showing her your support (you all are THE MOST supportive peepes I've ever "met"!)? She's worried that she doesn't have enough training (we've been training every week since February - we've run like almost 600 miles). She's worried that she won't follow the plan we created and end up going too quickly and dying at the end (that's what happened to her last year in this race, but I tell her she's smarter now since we've done 3 halfs since that one). I know she has the ability and training to achieve her goals. Thanks for helping me to convince her that she can do it!!!!!!