I have 3 days between me and the Destination Races Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon. Another 13.1 miles to put in the book. Can I do it? Of course. No doubt in my mind I will get out there and have a great time.
So, why stress? Well the biggie that I am stressed about is the running fast part. I don’t even think I am “stressing” about it I am just concerned that I will hit that wall. Why? I have not been able to run fast in quite some time. I have just been running to run. Or when I do run it is because I have a huge goal to meet and I need to finish that run to get to the finish line. It has been a little bit since I have put a goal on a half marathon. When I ran the OC Half back in May I was trying to get under 2:00:00 and I did it! I was so excited to get there and see the results. After it was over I went right into training for Napa to Sonoma. This training was TOUGH! Lots of speed work, pick ups and sprinting. There were long runs, short runs, swimming and cycling involved as well. I did nearly all my workouts. I missed a few of course. Here is the breakdown:
There were 57 total workouts for this training and I completed 47 of them. 82%.
Of the 57 workouts 25 of them were running workouts and I completed 23: 92%
So that means that I missed 8 workouts that were a swim or a cycle. On those days that were missed I typically did a light walk or weights.
Overall I am very pleased with my schedule and what I was able to complete. I ran over 100 miles in both May and June and I am feeling ready for the race. I am beginning to drink more water and get in some electrolytes as well.
Now for the goal: my PR for a half marathon is 1:49:55 and I know that is going to be something I can’t reach this race. My course goal is 1:53:25 and that’s what I am chasing. I am looking to finish anywhere between 1:52:30-1:56 but in all honesty I am going for 1:52:30. That is an 8:35 per mile pace. My set up for the race is the first 3 miles at 8:50 and the next 7 at 8:35 and the last 3 to self evaluate and see what I can do. The last 3 miles are always tough but when there is a goal to get somehow it does become a little easier.
Whatever the outcome of the race Sunday I am excited to be apart of it all! I can’t wait to report back my race recap!