Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was considering running a half this summer instead of waiting until the fall? And how I was incredulous about the fact that I was even considering it? Well, it’s happening:
I’m officially running the Catamount Half Marathon in Brattleboro, VT on June 29.
And I’m terrified.
I don’t typically do well in heat and humidity–neither does my mom or any of her siblings. It’s sort of a joke in our family that if you stick a bunch of Bucklers in a closed room they’d all sweat to death in an hour. This means I need to be extra hydrated on race day. I need to do lots of outdoor training runs this summer to condition myself to running in the heat. I need to experiment with different fuels and electrolyte beverages so I don’t get dehydrated or overheated. And I’m going to buy a race hat that will keep the sun off my face but allow me to sweat.
I’m hoping that having officially registered for my first Half Marathon will give me a much-needed kick in the pants toward eating better. I know the philosophy is supposed to be “eat to run,” ie choose healthy, balanced, nourishing foods that will fuel your runs; at the moment, I’m squarely in the “run to eat” camp (I just ran 7 miles, I deserve this pie!). I need to change my mindset a little bit and stop rewarding myself with food.
Even though I’m scared, I’m also incredibly excited. This is the first time I’ve remained committed to a fitness goal, and the longest I’ve ever kept up with any kind of exercise on a regular basis. I just need to follow my training plan and get a handle on my eating, and I KNOW I can do this.
How did you feel when you signed up for your first big race? Have you ever completed a Half Marathon?