It’s Official

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:

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I’m officially running the Catamount Half Marathon in Brattleboro, VT on June 29.

And I’m terrified.

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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.

I think.

How did you feel when you signed up for your first big race?  Have you ever completed a Half Marathon?

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2 thoughts on “It’s Official

  1. runsaltrun says:

    I know how nerve wracking this is! I signed up for my first half before I had even raced a 10K and it was like I totally lost my mind, but it ended up being wonderful. Enjoy every minute of it and really take it all in! I will always have the fondest memories of that first half. It’s such a huge accomplishment and you are going to do GREAT!

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