I felt compelled to write something about how I feel about the half marathon I have this weekend, but honestly, as I’m trying to write it, my thoughts are completely all over the place. This may not make any sense, but I need to get the thoughts out of my head.
Before I start my whining/complaining/pity party, etc, I wanted to thank you guys for coming along with me on my journey. Thank you for all of the encouragement along the way. You have given me valuable advice that I really cherish and you have been a support when I choose not to follow your advice 🙂
So the Harbor Lights Half Marathon is this Sunday. I’d be lying if I said I felt prepared.
My friend Diane is running it too – its her first half marathon. She is going to do AWESOME. She had logged some really solid training runs and I bet she’ll finish under 2:45. She wants to start with the 2:45 pace group – yay for slow(ish) paces groups! I told her that she should attempt to stay ahead of them. I will start with her and the 2:45 pace group, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they pull away from me, and that’s ok. I want to try my hardest to keep up with them, if only for her.
However, my goal is to finish and to finish healthy. A few posts ago I talked about refocusing my running goals for next year. I really feel that half marathons should be a rare race distance for me, something that I do maybe once a year. I have to recommit to the training for that distance. I’m very much looking forward to next year.
But I need to finish what I started this year. I have contemplated not running Harbor Lights, but I know for me…I have to do it. I told you guys about a really encouraging conversation I had with Danny about my “why.” Why do I run? I run because its a challenge. I want to do what I never used to be able to do.
Harbor Lights represents that “why” for me. Its a challenge because I haven’t trained like I should (but don’t worry, my fitness level is safe for me to run it), its a challenge because I’m having feet issues, its a challenge because its a new race course…I will not be satisfied with myself if I don’t accept this challenge.
Most of all, I want to have FUN! I want to enjoy the course, I want to enjoy the weather (why is it going to be in the 60s, I want cold!!!!), I want to high-five every little kid on the course, and I want to thank and smile at every volunteer. Races are about community – and running is one of the best communities I’ve ever been a part of.
Why do you run? What is your favorite part of a race?
Do you have any advice I can share with my friend Diane for her first half?