Wow. Friday! This week went extremely fast.
To be honest, I would have been just fine if this week went by slowly. Saturday is Dam to Dam and I will be running my first distance race.
20 kilometer race in America.
Several times since deciding to do this I have thought to myself, "I can't do this. I should probably drop back down to the 5K." Then I'll go out for a run and I'll feel strong and like I could keep going and going and going...
I felt this way until I hurt my hip a couple of weeks ago. I don't know what I did, but from what other runners say, it's a pretty common injury. I took a few days off to let it heal, and that seemed to do the trick. I still missed quite a bit of my training schedule between the injury, the craziness of the end of the semester and a couple of my long runs not going well.
I keep telling myself it will be fine. I can always walk, and I will. I have a feeling I will end up walking quite a bit of the race and really, that is OKAY! My only goal is to finish the race within 3 hours because I want a medal! So... basically I need to get in at about 4 miles per hour. Totally doable, right!!??
I have scoured last years results to see where I will probably be for time so I can reassure myself I won't be dead last. Is it every racers nightmare to be the last person across the line? I know it's mine. I know that won't happen because it's such a walker friendly race, but still... the thought is there. And, it's taunting me.
The night before a group of my girlfriends and I are going out to Bravo to carbo load, I'm really glad I have had their support. They've been very supportive and extremely encouraging. It will be nice to spend dinner with them and have friends around me to pump me up. I'm hoping it's an early night though. We have to be downtown by 5am to catch the bus to Saylorville Dam, so this means my alarm will probably be going off at 4:00 AM. Yikes.
Hopefully when I am back on Monday I will be posting a happy race
Here's the route for anyone that's interested! (I think it's hilarious that I will be running about a block from my parents house, I've always wanted to run in that neighborhood, so that's cool!)