Not gonna lie, I'm a bit freaked out. The most I've run this training round is 8 miles, thanks to my dumb IT band and this silly cold that I can't seem to shake. 6.2 last weekend was ok, but there were moments that I wanted to quit. And this weekend, I have to go TWICE that distance?
I talked to a LOT of people (trainers, runners, atheletes, etc) about my IT band injury. One of them said "If you've run a half before, you're 80% of the way there. It's mostly mental - if you THINK you can do it and you KNOW you HAVE done it, you're almost there." I'm trying to keep that in mind.
I HAVE done this.
I CAN finish.
It WILL NOT kill me.
I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself to PR (which shouldn't be HARD) but ideally would love to get a time between 2:15 and 2:30. I got a pace tattoo today at the expo for a 2:15 time. Then at least I can pace myself accordingly.
My race day plans:
- Eat a slice of bread with PB as soon as I wake up. (NO aleve this time!)
- Drink a 5hr Energy about 20 min before start.
- Honey Stinger 5 min before start.
- Sport beans about every half hour.
- Nuun in my water bottles. Will stop for water, but not Gatorade or Gu.
- Don't die.
Afterwards, we will go home, I will probably take a nice ice bath and a nap. Oh and have a GIANT CUP OF COFFEE!! I can't WAIT to have my coffee back! Not necessarily the caffeine but the comfort of it!
That evening we'll be going out to celebrate the big 3-1. :-) Nothing scary about it, since my 30th year has turned out to be the best year of my life - so far!