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I'll Be Fine!

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Just one week from today I'll run my second half marathon. I'm hoping to make it in 2 hours and 30 minutes or at least beat my previous time of 2:37. It will be a beautiful run between and around several lakes, although that does mean some hills.

This morning I ran with the pace group leader for a 2:30 half. We started at 6am today and ran 5.6 miles. There was heavy cloud cover and high humidity, although the rain held off until after we finished. For next Saturday a low of 65 and high of 86 degrees is predicted with about 100% humidity. Since the clock turns back, the 7 am start will be equivalent to 8 am today. It was 73 degrees at that time today. Perhaps the forecast will change; we sure would like it a bit cooler. But no matter, I've run in hotter and as humid. I had planned to wear a new running outfit, but the consensus of the pace group is that we need to wear tank tops and carry water.

I'm planning to eat at the top of my calorie range this week, aiming for 65% carbohydrate all week and low fiber for the 2 days before the race. I won't worry if the scale goes up a bit as I'm trying to build glycogen storage for race performance.

I'm signed up for 3 half marathons this year. After this one for time, I've got 2 to run for fun. November 24th I'll be joining ONEKIDSMOM for our second St Pete Women's Half Marathon. I'll be wearing a ladybug costume. (See my Halloween Bonus Blog if you haven't seen it! EDIT: It's now my background picture!)

In February of 2014 I'm running the Disney Princess HM. Don't have a costume yet, but I'm signed up for the Cinderella section. I'm thinking about being her fairy godmother who got fit! Like maybe "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" on the shirt, and a disposable blue robe with the red tie at the neck like in the Disney movie for standing around in the cold before the race. I think it starts at 5:35 am and that I'll have to get on the bus from my resort around 4 am. Man, the things I'll do to run!!

I feel ready for next Saturday, and although I'm aiming for time, as long as I finish in an upright position with a smile on my face wanting to do it again, (to quote some of my favorite people) I'll be fine!
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KOHINOOR2 11/3/2013 12:42AM

    Go for it. You'll do great. Have fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 11/3/2013 12:29AM

    Excellent planning! Regardless of the weather, I will bet you are going to really rock this race!! Looking forward to hearing all about it!!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/3/2013 12:08AM

    I'm so proud of you. Go for it!

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MSLZZY 11/2/2013 11:21PM

    You will do just fine! I have no doubts whatsoever. Enjoy!

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GABY1948 11/2/2013 6:56PM

    THAT'S the SPIRIT! You WILL be fine. Marsha, if there is ONE thing I have learned from you and ONEKIDSMOM it is that this whole running thing is SUCH a science!

I can't wait to see the pictures from both events...and as always expecting emoticon things from you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TAICHIDANCER 11/2/2013 6:20PM

    Onward and upward!

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STRIVER57 11/2/2013 5:24PM

    you sound ready. have a wonderful time.

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NATPLUMMER 11/2/2013 5:09PM

    It sounds like you're ready to roll…enjoy!

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SEAJESS 11/2/2013 4:17PM

    Marsha, you're enough of an experienced runner to know not to break in your new outfit for the first time at your race! Hope you don't mind if I just mention that again as it is SO IMPORTANT to detect that little chafing bump before you're 5 miles into your half.

Hoping that you get the LOW temperatures, heck hoping you get the PERFECT temperatures for running but also trusting that you will complete your race at any temperature. You're trained, your tough and you're committed.

I'm so excited for you!

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WATERMELLEN 11/2/2013 4:14PM

    You're one fine lady!! And: your planning will pay out!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/2/2013 3:37PM

    You've prepared and are following your plan. You've got this!

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FROSTY99 11/2/2013 2:28PM

    Glad the rain didn't get down there-it was up north this morning early and made a mess of some yard sales we were attending. We didn't melt and I doubt you would have either. I am not complaining as we certainly needed the rain!!


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JUNEPA 11/2/2013 2:03PM

    You are doing awesome !!

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JANEWATKINS 11/2/2013 1:26PM

    Looking forward to seeing you this week at SP dinner. Carbolicious, of course!

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CHANGINGHORSES 11/2/2013 1:26PM

    Woohoo! Run Lady Bug Run!!!! You are doing amazing things!

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PMFISH 11/2/2013 1:11PM

    Boy are you ambitious! With your attitude how could you be anything but fine! Your blogs are always a delight to read. Would not be surprised if you beat your old time.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/2/2013 12:53PM

    I hope you do get heavy cloud cover -- that will make the humidity easier to handle without the added discomfort of direct sun which adds to the temp at the surface of the skin. Have fun!
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BZJOHNSON 11/2/2013 12:51PM

    Great progress - and I love the pic!! You are going to rock this!

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HARROWJET 11/2/2013 12:33PM

    I am looking forward to your follow-up blog when you let us know how you did. My daughter ran her first half marathon recently. I was very excited to be one of the spectators. I have signed up for my first 10 K in September 2014. Thank you for sharing your experience because I find it very encouraging to read about your successes. emoticon emoticon

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