Trust the Training.
Here it is.. Nike Women’s is upon us and there is no turning back. I think we all know that I am a little nervous as to what to expect. My last month of training hasn’t been stellar, but I’ll be honest, mentally, I am ready to give it my all. I know that I can run a sub 2, but it may not be this week. I am determined to go down trying, though.
With the sickness, I missed my last long run, but I refuse to dwell. My training since December has transformed my running and I have learned so much about myself.
I hope to enjoy every step of Nike, because this race is huge for me. It’s half marathon number 10 for me. I was chosen from the lottery for it and I get to run it with one of the raddest ladies on the planet, in our nation’s capitol.
I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that breaking the 2 hour ceiling isn’t going to feel good, but I really want this for #10. Running has given me so much over the past 3 years, and this is something that I never thought I would be able to do.
For my “taper” week, I decided to get out my bike and ride with a group that meets near my work in the evenings. Completely out of my comfort zone, I am so awkward in group settings when I don’t know anyone. Which, I knew NO ONE. I thought it was going to be an easy 10-12 miles… it ended up being 20. OOPS. I didn’t mean to do that AT ALL. Especially the week of a race. They were super nice and were always giving me a heads up on uneven terrain or if a driver was on their cell phone. I also had my first official fall. We were stopping to get some water, and I always unclip on the left. I was turning to the right and slowing down and I guess leaning into the turn, and just went down like a ton of bricks. There is literally nothing you can do when you are clipped in and start to fall. Just hang on for the ride. Luckily, I fell into a patch of grass, so it was all good. Minus the chain marks and the bruise on my leg, I am good.
I ran Wednesday for my last run before Nike and my legs were feeling a little tired. My chest was a little heavy due to the sickness, but otherwise, I feel good.
Nike released this little gem this week…
A Tiffany blue Free. I want it so bad. I’m still debating on if I should purchase them… I would never run a distance race in them, so it seems a little ridiculous to drop $150 on a pair of shoes. But.. they are so pretty!!!
I need to start working on my race playlist, so tell me what you favorite song is right now to run to!
Any last words on encouragement? Should I get the shoes?!