I honestly didn’t even want to type “I Am Ready” into the title of this post.
But the truth is….. the Get In Gear Half-Marathon is in 2 days and I AM ready. I’m ready to run, I’m ready to work my butt off, and I’m ready to become a [two-time] half-marathon finisher. “But Ann,” you might say, “What happened the first race?” Don’t care. I can’t post a blog about all the things I’ve done wrong training for the half-marathon almost a year ago. Instead, I want to look to the positive and the things I’ve done in preparation of this race – to show myself that I am ready.
How do I know I am ready?
1. I’ve had eleven solid weeks of training. (links for training recaps are on THIS POST – Week 11.) I’ve put in the work and logged the miles, including long-runs of 9, 10 and 10. And although I would have liked to go further during one or two of those long-runs, if I can run 10 miles, I can run 13.1. Right? Right.
2. I’ve listened to my body. Whether it’s knee problems and the solution is new shoes and compression sleeves, or extra stretching and foam rolling, or even some good ol’ fashioned R.I.C.E., I’ve been in sync with my own body for the past 12 weeks. If I actually stop what I’m doing and assess how my muscles, joints and body feels it tells me, “Yes, Ann, I am sore but I AM READY.”
3. I have a plan. Last summer, I had no plan. Other than to show up and hope I didn’t walk. But this year? I know the pace I want to run. I know the course I’ll be running, and I have a running buddy who has done some runs with me and is committed to keeping me on pace. (So thankful for the lovely Hannah for pacing me on Saturday!) There is a time cut-off of 3:00, and to be honest with you… it scares the crap out of me. But, I trust her. And I trust myself. I have a plan.
4. I have a LOT of supporters. Last summer, my mom and Sam and Jason were at the finish. But otherwise, it was Jay and I out on the course by ourselves for a LONG 200+ minutes. This time? I know SO MANY people who are going to be at the race with signs, waiting at the finish, cheering us on. Whether they are running the 5k, the 10k, the half-marathon, or just coming to support us, I feel like I have the entire local running community cheering me on and supporting me this time. And it feels AMAZING!!
(Tomorrow, check back for a post about race-day specifics – the course, what I’ll be wearing, when to see me, etc.)
5. I am going to PR. And this is the final reason why I know I’m ready. Last summer, I finished the Red White & Boom TC Half Marathon in 3:24. (course cut-off was 3:30.) I was incredibly under-trained, and I’m thankful I didn’t end up injured racing that day. But this time? I’ve put in the work. I’ve listened to my body. I have a plan. I have a LOT of supporters. And whether or not I cross that line before 3:00 or shortly after (3:10 or 3:15), I WILL SET A NEW PERSONAL RECORD [PR]. The excitement of setting a PR is ENOUGH for me to know that I’m ready to run this race.
I still consider myself a “new runner”. And if I could pass along one lesson about the Get in Gear training cycle, is that my only goal for this race was to “get better”. Whether that means – running faster, setting a PR, being more prepared… I guess that depends on the day. But overall, to be a “better” runner. And I’ll get to the starting line on Saturday, knowing that I am a better, stronger, more prepared runner.
Thanks again for being on this journey with me. 2 days away, and I’m happy to say that I AM READY.
Look for specific race details tomorrow.
Any final words of advice for Saturday’s race?