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!