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Half-marathon nerves and taper-madness!

Monday, August 20, 2012

In my last, long-ago blog entry, I was riding a wave of optimism. The wave has completely dissipated. :-( Now I am just nervous as heck.

My second half-marathon is 6 days away--Sunday, August 26th. After my triathlon, I went back to running more miles and some more intense workouts, but it seems like my speed vanished. Every run has felt hard. I am feeling very underprepared.

It doesn't help that I drove the course for this half, and it is very hilly. I'm no longer shooting for a PR, I'd just like to finish this one. I'm totally psyching myself out, and I shouldn't even go for a long run to work it out. I need to find ways to keep from going crazy this week.

Edited to add: A friend won a free entry to this half-marathon that she can't use, so my daughter used it, WOOT! Now I will have somebody to run with me and pump me up. My DD is usually faster than me, but she hasn't really been training for a half (though she runs 20 miles per week) so we will be able to run together. I'm feeling a teensy bit better about this race now.
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    3073 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Sending positive running vibes your way!
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    3075 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7340577
    No two courses are alike so you’re right, you should just concentrate on finishing the best you can for this course. I wouldn’t fret too much about how you’ll do. You might be surprised and do better than you thought!! There’s nothing wrong with run/walking it…you'll average out the same as you would on a flat course! Good luck and have fun!!
    3075 days ago
    Just remember to power down on the hills like you're changing gears on a bike. Shorter strides up, rolling gait down. Keep your feet under you. Let everyone else pass you on the uphill - they'll lose steam by the end and you'll be finishing strong! Good luck!
    3075 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8113065
    It's sometimes tough NOT to psych yourself out.

    I'm running a half this Sunday also. I haven't seen the course but I've been told it has some hills. And I rarely train on hills of any kind. My training schedule calls for short runs this week, 3m Tuesday, 2m at race pace on Wednesday, and 2m on Thursday, with rest Friday and Saturday. Seems like a reasonable plan to me, although I find resting to be the hardest part.

    Although we always like to race for a PR, you never really know how it's going to go until the actual day. Just try not to stress too much, and resolve to enjoy the experience no matter what.

    We'll compare notes when we're both across the finish line.

    Good luck and take care.
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    3075 days ago
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