I am running in my 5th Half Marathon this weekend and I am VERY NERVOUS. Here’s why:
My 1st Half was 1-16-11 (my wedding anniversary). My longest race to that point was a 5k. I trained well. I was healthy. I was so excited. My hubby was waiting at the finish line. My goal was to cross standing up and finish under 2:45 so I could get a medal. I DID in 2:28.
My 2nd Half was 4-23-11. Now I had already run a half marathon so I knew that I could. I trained well & was healthy. My goal was to run faster but not too much since I knew that it was a hilly course. It was freezing and raining hard the whole 13.1 miles (& I didn’t wear my Garmin) so I was shocked that I was faster (2:22) and won an award for 2nd in my AG.
My 3rd Half was 9-25-11. Unfortunately I got hurt in June and did not run most of the summer. My goal was no goal – Just finish it in under 5 hours and not re-injure my Achilles. The course was tough but I was able to run the lst half & then I walked most of the 2nd half to finish in 2:44.
My 4th Half was 10-23-11. I signed up for it on a whim and planned to use it as a week 10 of 12 training run. It was scenic and a race was just the motivation I needed for a good last long run. Unfortunately, I was not prepared physically for the HILLS and although I ran a very good first half of the race, I walked a lot during the last few hills and finished around 2:31. At least I was faster than my 3rd half and I did not get injured by not pushing myself on the hills.
The Santa Clarita Half this weekend is my 5th Half. I am running with my best friend’s sister (who runs marathons.) Of course, I want to do well. My nagging achilles has prevented me from training well. My running has been very cautious for fear of re-injury. The speed has not been there and the long runs have been mixed with walking. These half marathons have been getting harder NOT easier!!
Hopefully I will do OK. Maybe it’ll be flat…