Wednesday, April 2, 2014

199 Days and Counting!

It's official! I've signed up for my first post-babies half marathon! In 199 days, I will be running in the 19th Annual Indianapolis Half Marathon!

I ran the half marathon in 2012, and had an amazing time. It was my second half marathon, and I set a new PR by almost 10 minutes. This feels like such an appropriate race to have as my inaugural mommy-thon, since it's in my hometown, so I'll get to have my own little cheering section! My two littlest fans (who will be over a year old by then!!!) might even be able to make it out to cheer on mommy!

I have to admit: I'm a nervous racer. Instead of enjoying the morning of the race, I usually find myself  stressing out about whether or not I've trained enough, whether I tapered to early, whether I did enough speedwork, whether I'll be able to handle the hill that I know is hiding late on this course....and everything else. It got so bad that my dad actually had to pull the car over on our way to the race so that I could throw up. Yup. That's a great way to start a race, isn't it?

I'm hoping that it will be easier this time around. Sure, it's going to feel like a big deal, as my first half marathon back, but my BFF promises that all PRs are re-set after babies. So, I get an automatic PR on this race, right? Right?

Since I'll be starting my training from a very different place physically, I'm going to try my best to make this experience as fun and non-stressful as possible. I've really been enjoying my runs recently (Who would have guessed? I kinda like morning runs!), and I don't want to lose that. My goal is to make it through the training and the race with a focus on running smart and happy. To borrow my dad's tagline from he wrote for his local running group: "Stride and glide, stride and glide."

Action shot from the 2012 half marathon. Look at me go!

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