It's almost time to call it a night and get some sleep to prepare for Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon. This is THE key half marathon for me this year. I won't really be attempting to PR on any of the other halves I have planned. So mentally, this race is just as big to me as any marathon.
Robin D, Monica, and I headed to the expo on Friday (did I mention that Robin's hubs is a saint and took off work to watch 5 girls under the age of 5 so that we could go to the expo together?).
I rarely see something "new" though or something I absolutely have to have, but then... as I turned the corner, I saw something calling to me... like a happy runner beacon. I have declared my love for CEP in the past... and uh, I love all things red... and I saw this...
We also passed the Refuel by Chocolate Milk booth (they plan to be at the finish line serving chocolate milk, of course). I love me some chocolate milk post-run (although I usually have to make 2 because Paige thinks she needs to recover from mommy's run too). Perfect carb-to-protein ratio.
Then I got to see my favorite expo family, Sport Hooks (Marcey and Pete). Love these people. Seriously.
Tomorrow, I put the speedwork to the test. I'm going to see what the legs have in them... just hope I can live up to all the work I've put towards this race. Adam has had me focused on this race and this PR since the first week of December.
A goal - 2:00 - Honestly, I'm not sure I am quite here in my training, but if the race gives me a good day and I can negative split this course, it might be a possibility, even if slim.
B goal - 2:03 - This is my "I'd be happy with it" goal. I'd like to be able to pull off steady 9:15s the whole time. I think I can...
C goal - 2:06 - Just PR... I'll admit, I'd be disappointed still, but at least the day wouldn't be a total loss!
Things that have me nervous --
- The weather -- I really like 50s, it should be 61 to 69 while I'm racing. That's really too hot for me, but I'm gonna fight anyhow.
- I've never "planned" to negative split a course before. I negative split this course last year, and it's really the perfect course for a negative split (8 miles uphill, 5 miles downhill), but this is the first time where I actually planned it as part of hitting my goal.
- I'm pretty verbal about when I'm going for a PR... which means the pressure is on... which definitely helps at times, but also means it's all out there for everyone.
Off to bed! For those racing tomorrow, I hope you have a fantastic race and the day gives you what you desire!