|2013 The Woodlands Half Marathon - PR!|
I had high hopes for this race. Coming off the NYC Marathon and then having fun at the Houston Half, I thought I would be able to refocus my efforts and train like a beast so I could finally achieve my sub 2hr half marathon. Life sort of got in the way. And I'm ok with that!
Back in December I applied for a new role at work….a promotion. I had hoped to hear something right away but the process seemed to take forever and it was late January before I finally was offered the position. My transfer date was 2/1 and that's when I started transitioning to my new role. I've got significant more responsibility and I am responsible for a team of 13 (and we're hiring 2 more). I got my workouts in but they were not quality workouts. And some of my long runs had to be cut short because I simply didn't have the hours in the day to do everything. I was surprised by my attitude about the whole situation. In the past, I would've stressed myself out and been so upset that I wasn't setting myself up for the best race. Today I look at it as an opportunity to go out and enjoy something I truly love doing….running and being outside! I know I can run 13.1 miles with no problem. I've had solid runs the past few days and even did a speed workout that consisted of 6x400 all at a 7:30min/mile pace or faster. It's not impossible for me to have a good race. Is it possible to have a big PR? Yes but maybe not likely. I also have to remind myself that technically, I'm taking a much needed break right now and should be focusing on building strength as I get ready to start IMAZ training. Go with the flow, baby.
So with that, I'll be out there this weekend and I am sure to have a big smile on my face. I'm going to do my very best and am probably going to make it hurt a little bit. But at the end of the day, I'm not going to be disappointed if my time doesn't start with a 1! There will always be another half marathon. :)