Well, St. Michael’s Half Marathon weekend is here! I’ve missed several days of training runs (but cross-trained to keep my fitness level up) due to a tight calf/foot pain, so we shall see how this race goes on Saturday. On top of that, it’s supposed to rain the entire time. However, I have run a half marathon in steady rain before, and I’ll do it again and give it my best shot. I’m so excited to have both Brandon and my momma cheering me on!
I did an easy 2 mile run yesterday morning just to test out my foot, and I wasn’t in any pain but I still felt it, if that makes sense. I have my pre-race nutrition nailed down, and Laura and I came up with a race day strategy, so I already feel better knowing I have a plan going into it. The plan is to run the first 3 miles at a conservative pace, ease into my goal pace from miles 3-10, then push at the end. If anything hurts (like more than just an ‘I’m exhausted’ hurt), I’ll ease up. At least I know everyone else out there will be racing in the same conditions at me, so we’re all up against the less than ideal weather.
On a positive note, I got some super fun birthday treats!! Brandon got me a beautiful pair of emerald (my birthstone) and diamond earrings.
They’re seriously so gorgeous! Also, as you know, I’m now a member of the Oiselle Volee team and am a huge fan of their gear. My momma hooked me up with a pair of their Embossed Toolbelt Rogas and I love them! They don’t poof out at the sides, are super lightweight and comfy, and have three pockets! I’m all about the pockets. She also bought me a pair of the Saucony bullet shorts. Why is running gear so amazing?
Speaking of running gear, I hooked myself up with a pair of new shoes, because why not?!
The Saucony Triumph ISO 2’s! I’ve had good luck with Saucony in the past, and the cushioning in these feels so good on my tootsies, but the shoe itself doesn’t feel clunky or heavy. This is also the first time I’ve gotten running shoes a full size up, versus a half size. I’m actually glad I tested shoes out after work, when my feet are more swollen than first thing in the morning. I wish I could wear them Saturday for my race (along with my new shorts!), but I know that’s probably not smart so I’ll suck it up and wait to play with all my new gear until after.
Oh, random and fun fact I just found out–season 2 of Bloodline will be released onNetflix on 5/27! I cannot wait to binge that bad boy. Love me some Kyle Chandler.
Brandon and I are heading down to St. Michaels this afternoon to pick up my bib–then it’s time to relax, eat, and rest up for race day! I’m sure it’ll be an interesting one and I’m looking forward to recapping it for you guys!
Have a great Friday & weekend!
What’s on your weekend agenda?
Have you ever raced in the rain before? Any advice?
Are you as obsessed with Bloodline as I am?!