Sorry for the alliteration, but it is time to race again. Hospital Hill came upon us faster than I could imagine. But lo and behold, the race is tomorrow. I won't lie. I'm lacking in confidence for this race. I don't know why, but the hills have me worried. Even though I have been practicing hills for months now, and I ran basically this same course in October for the KC Half, I find myself stressing about hitting my time goal, which really shouldn't be what the run is about. It should be about having fun, and enjoying the hard work that went into preparing for this race. I also think that since I feel about 3 minutes short of my goal in Abilene, that I have that stuck in the back of my head. This race will have pace groups, though, and I feel that will be a major advantage. Trying to pace myself, with my lack of experience, led to me flying out of the gates in Abilene, only to drag it home well behind my goals. There should be no such problems this time around. I have been practicing patience on my long runs, as well as on my pace runs for the past two months, so I don't think I'll be firing on all cylinders to start the race this time.
This race will bring an end to another training cycle, one that started all the way back in the middle of January. Hard to believe that just 14 months ago, I had not even laced up the running shoes, and now I'm thinking about why I missed running a half marathon in under 1 hour and 50 minutes! I've pretty much ran the spectrum of race distances this time around, save for a full marathon. I'm looking to go out with a flourish, and taking on the oldest road race in Kansas City and setting another PR would be a tremendous way to finish this cycle. Also, I'm looking forward to a 7 week break from training logs and speed drills. My body needs to recover, as you know that I am very fragile and seem to hurt easily.
The things I'm looking forward to the most this weekend include getting flip flops for finishing the race, eating at The Brick, and hammering down that ice cold Michelob Ultra after hitting the finish line. HH is doing a unique thing starting this year, where they will be giving to the Half Marathon finishers a piece of a three part medal that will be handed out to finishers over the next three races. Talk about crafty. Now we all have to sign up for the next two races to complete the medal. Also, US Soccer is taking on World Cup Champion Spain, but that doesn't really relate to the race. Doesn't mean I'm not pumped about it, though. Sparks and I are going to be hitting up the starting area around 545 to get a good parking space and just chill until race time. Should be a rocking event. Until next time...later.