and am i really running a half marathon tomorrow? this year i can’t seem to get in the christmas spirit. we’ve got two christmas (and one birthday party) on saturday. that we’re missing. because we’re the silly people that signed up for a half marathon. and i’ll miss another christmas party while traveling back from chicago. bah humbug. i’m pretty bummed about missing all holiday festivities in 2010.
maybe it’s the 65 degree weather of los angeles. maybe it’s because i’ve only spent like 5 nights in my own bed since the beginning of novemeber. and let’s not even talk about the non-existent, un-decorated christmas tree. alex was kind enough to get all the christmas decorations from the attic but i didn’t have time to put them up when i was home last weekend. and with kiawah this weekend? not happening.
i’ve got one last week of work/travel and then two glorious weeks off. to be spend promptly on my couch. and possibly christmas shopping. because i still have 75% of that to do, too. anyone know any elves they’ll let me borrow?
so here’s my run plan:
i’m not going to actually run the whole thing. maybe one day. but tomorrow will not be that day. i’m going to walk 3 times for a total of 3 minutes. that seems a lot shorter when i write that down. want to know the fastest minute of your life? it’s the minute between walks.
i’m shooting for about 2 hours 17 minutes which is about a 10 1/2 minute mile pace. i will also not be winning this half marathon. i would just like to finish in the top half of racers. we’ll see. i’ll eat a yummy bag of watermelon chomps and a pretty delicious pineapple gu. i’m working on the race playlist — any last minute suggestions are appreciated.
the race at kiawah is a flat loop but pretty curvy (ie, i’ll end up taking more steps, boo!) with weather predictions of about 45 degrees at race time and about 55 – 60 by the time we finish. kiawah is really promoting a green race so we’ll receive medals made of recycled glass and organic cotton t-shirt. i’m going to be honest, if i pay $85 for a race i want a tech shirt. just sayin’.
i’m hoping the scenery keeps things interesting enough. i would prefer not to get eaten by a ‘gator. unless that helps me run faster. and then i’ll offer my left baby toe.
so around 8 am tomorrow morning if you could say a little prayer that i (and alex) have the strength to finish, that would be super. k. thanks. 🙂