Friday, June 11, 2010

1/2 Marathon Jitters

There is something about driving through Chicago on Lake Shore drive in the Spring or Summer that makes me want to go out and run.  It is the beautiful lake and beaches, but probably more so the many many Chicagoans that are out there enjoying the sun and running!
My marathon is this weekend, wait no it must be qualified, my 1/2 marathon is this weekend.  To me it feels like a marathon.  I am definitely feeling a bit scared.  I have to drive up Lake Shore Drive to get there, so hopefully there will be some early morning runners to help pump me up. 
I have yet to run more than 6 miles in one go.  I kind of fell off the training program because the long runs we so daunting that I wasn't doing anything.  After about a week and a half of that, I decided to just try and run.  So for the past couple of weeks I have been running between 3-6 miles every couple of days.  I feel ok and I am just going to do my best on Sunday, I can't do any better than that. 

I am hoping to run the whole way, but if I have to stop and walk I'm not going to beat myself up.  I don't think I gave myself enough time to train for a race of this distance.  Honestly I'm ready to mix up my workouts.  I feel like everything has become runcentric and I have to run a certain distance and keep a certain time.  I'm looking forward to getting past this race. 

My plan is to have a pasta dinner on Saturday night and a normal breakfast in the morning.  I have to pick up my packet tomorrow, so when I get there on Sunday I wont need to worry about too much.  Wish me luck!

Have you run any long races?  How did it go?

10 comments:

  1. I've run two half marathons so far, and they went really well! I ran both of them without any time goals in mind, and I think that was key to me enjoying the experiences. I wish you the best of luck! Take it as slow as you need to and have fun!

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  2. Good luck on the weekend! Just entering is a success! I haven't done any long runs, a 5km on my own is the longest.

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  3. Good luck! This is amazing - whatever happens, be proud of yourself :) (though I'm sure it will all go wonderfully.) I've never run any long distance, and haven't been able to do more than relaxed walking for over a year because of my toe issues and surgeries. I'm envious! :P

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  4. I have never done a half marathon, although I did run 12 miles on my own once. In my situation I guess I pushed myself a little too hard because I had a sore knee for about a month after my run! So just remember not to push yourself and walking is not something to be ashamed of! You will do great I just know it!

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  5. Good luck! I think you're going into it with a great attitude - there's no shame in taking walking breaks if you need them. You should be proud no matter what! :)

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  6. good luck - I love race day - the finish line makes it all worth it! :)

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  7. Good luck on your half! If you stay at a comfortable pace, you'll have such a good time. I'm jealous!

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  8. I did cross country back in the day, but no long races. Props to you! I hope to be in good enough shape someday to run like that!

    GOOD LUCK!

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