Happy Monday Runnerds! Today kicked off day one of my eight week Capital City River Run half marathon training plan! Despite a pretty crazy, busy weekend (more on that in a separate post) I managed to get my butt up and out the door early for a pace workout this morning. I was worried my legs wouldn't remember what "fast" felt like, but after my mile warm-up they quickly locked in to goal race pace and managed two perfectly split miles. I was supposed to do three miles at race pace, but it was really pouring and when I saw two flashes of lightning I decided two miles was enough. I'm not scared of running in the rain (anymore) but I draw the line at lightning.
I have signed up for, and not run CCRR due to injury twice now and I'm really hoping to break the curse this go 'round. My longest run to date has been 10 miles and I feel pretty confident I can make the extra 3.1 happen. My goal is to finally, legitimately break two hours; I know you're probably thinking "wait, what?!" No, I have never officially broken two hours in the half marathon distance. My first clocked in at 2:02, my second was a hellaciously hot disaster of a race in 2:09, my third was run for fun with a friend the weekend before my first sub-4 marathon (technically I went sub-2 for both halves of that race, but it doesn't really count), and finally, Grand Rapids in 2010 was 2:00 exactly, coming off an injury. I KNOW I have sub-2 in me and considering I ran a 1:19 at the Solstice Run 10 miler in June, I'm hoping that giving it my all for the next eight weeks will make it happen!
Do you have a monkey to get off your back? What is it?