So this weekend I'm running the Johnny Kelley Half Marathon on Cape Cod, and I'm actually really excited about this race. It's my first solo race on Cape Cod and my first half marathon in Massachusetts.
But at the same time, I'm definitely having some nerves about this race. This will be my eighth half marathon, but I'm feeling the least prepared for this one. Even more than the first half marathon I ran where I really didn't train for it at all.
Five weeks ago my treadmill died. I finally was able to replace it last weekend, and while I had been able to get some runs in here and there during that time, I largely did most of my training by bike.
I have to admit, the bike training was awesome. It really helped develop my quads, and I started incorporating weight lifting into the mix. But the problem is once I was able to replace my treadmill and start running again, my runs were a lot shorter, and a lot slower than they had been five weeks ago.
My friend Ali had a great post this morning on how her runs have become all about pace, taking the fun out of the run. And I'm totally guilty of this myself. I'm all about each race being faster than my last.
But this time, I'm not worrying about PRs or finishing times.
I'm going out there to have fun and to enjoy the views.