In November, when I registered for the Seaside Half Marathon, my running had been almost non-existent. I was optimistic that I could turn things around by March 4 to be able to run a good half. December was a good “getting back into it month.” The pieces fell into place in January. I was starting to get excited, but also kept wondering when something would derail me (I’m not normally a pessimist – it’s just been that type of year for me). February started off with a bang. I was getting REALLY excited. Maybe I could run a PR after all!!
The plan for this week was to get in 2 hard workouts (1 focused on endurance and 1 focused on speed) and then taper that last 8 days. Well, my taper has begun early. My pessimist side has been justified. I started feeling the beginnings of a cold on Saturday night. I took Sunday off. I ran easy yesterday morning and felt better than I expected but still have a cold. I decided that today it was more important to rest and get well than to run a mediocre workout in the drizzling rain. I’m planning on meeting Lisa (my new running partner) to run in the morning. We’ll see if I can hang with her.
I had just been beginning to believe that a PR was possible. My PR is 1:31:35 (6:59/mile pace). Maybe it is still possible? Maybe I’ll just be super rested and nail it? (see, I’m not really a pessimist!!) So yes, that is my stated goal for next Sunday – to PR. Yet as long as I run a smart, consistent, mental strong race UNDER 1:35, I’ll be pleased.