Sunday, April 18, 2010
As a runner, I wake up most mornings hoping for "ideal" conditions. Now, that varies from month to month and season to season. Now days, "ideal" would be mid-50's and sunny. Those are the days that I feel like I could run forever. This past winter I found myself hoping for mid-20's without snow showers. It all depends on your point of view. But what this past training cycle has taught me is that I can and will run through anything because you never know what race day will bring. Sure, running into strong wind gusts on your way home from an out and back isn't ideal, but then you don't get to pick which way the race course goes and if you could, you couldn't guarantee that good ol' Mother Nature wouldn't interfere anyway! The salesmen at Verizon looked at me like I was crazy when I told them I needed to get a new phone because mine had gotten too wet on my 6 mile run in the rain. Oh well. I'll be ready for those rain showers that they're predicting for my first half this coming weekend. The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini-Marathon is in 6 days! I'm so excited to get this show on the road....quite literally. 3 cities, 3 races, in 4 weeks! My family will never want to come watch me race again! My new running skirt has been tried and tested (LOVE it). I'm finishing up my playlist this week. My race-day outfit is still TBD due to the weather. Other than that...I'm ready! And dare I say....I feel ideal going into this race?! Whether or not that means a big PR is another thing. But at least I'm not sweating the details like I did for my first few races. Running comes down to two simple things for me....having fun and staying injury-free. Let the racing begin!