I’ve been training for this half-marathon shizz for so long that I was sick of being worried over the distance…so I went ahead and ran a full half-marathon today. Crazy? Maybe. But now at least I know I can do it. I did the first six miles on my own, then my Canadian joined me.
…and then my dad rolled up in his BMW sports car and started taking cell phone pictures of us:
That last photo features a Canadian-style fistpump of excitement by My One, since we were less than a quarter-mile from being done with the run.
I mapped out a 13-mile course along the coast of the island where my parents live because I didn’t want to negotiate any steep hills. The actual race will have lots of scary elevation-changes, so doing a flat version of the course was my way of easing into it. I gotta say, my legs held up for most of the em-effing workout, until the last three or four miles when both of my knees started throbbing. At that point, though, my man and I had gotten into a deep discussion about investment strategies and I was too confused to pay attention to my legs (these things happen when you spend so much time running next to a person, apparently).
By the time I figured out how hedge funds work, I was close enough to the finish line that I managed to push through the pain and complete the entire race distance. I give myself a hearty BOOYA for that.
When I got home I promptly stuffed my face with about eight pounds of biscuits and gravy and passed out.
Overall, I feel pretty fantastic. Having done this, I know I’ll be able to finish the race on the 27th without having to take any walking breaks – and with shin and knee support, I should be able to keep my pain to a minimum.
Just don’t let me forget to shave my ‘pits, because I had a disgusting amount of stubble this morning and now my arms are chafed like a mofo. It’s the little things that count, people. The little things.
Do you guys run the entire distance of your races before race-day? Or do you save the last couple of miles and trust your adrenaline to push you through?