Since this is my first half marathon, my overall, most important goal is just to have fun. This has been an incredible journey for me. I’ve come a long way and learned a lot, and I want to make sure that I don’t burn myself out. I want this to be a positive experience so that I’m ready to come back for more when it’s over.
That being said, I do want to have some structured goals. If I meet these goals, I’ll feel fantastic, and if I don’t, I’ll have something to work toward for the next one.
A Goal: Finish under 2:30. That’s an average pace of about 10:30, which is what I’ve been averaging on my long runs. This might be a stretch, but if it’s not super hot, I just might be able to swing it. Unfortunately right now, the weather forecast is for 84 degrees and mostly sunny on Sunday, so this might go right out the window…
B Goal: Run the whole race. On my longer training runs, I have had to take occasional breaks waiting for traffic etc, but I would really like to run the entire 13.1 miles without stopping or walking.
C Goal: Finish. Even if I have to walk, or crawl, I’m crossing that finish line. I don’t even care if I finish dead last, I’m finishing.
And now for my confession: I have not run in almost a week. My last run was the 4 miler I did on Friday. Ever since my ill-advised hike on Saturday, my legs have been stiff, sore, and tired. I was scheduled for 3 miles on Tuesday, but my legs were still really sore and I didn’t want to push it, so I didn’t run. I’m starting to feel really nervous because I don’t know if I’m giving my legs enough rest–I’ve been riding my bike to and from work every day, and my legs just feel BEAT. Would it be a bad thing if I didn’t do my scheduled run today either? I’m not really sure. I feel like it’s a delicate balance between making sure my legs remember how to run on Sunday, and making sure they’re fresh enough to run 13.1 miles.
Obviously I’m just going to play it by ear and listen to what my legs are telling me before running tonight, but what do you guys think? Is it OK not to run at all the week before a race?