Brooklyn Half: 9 Day Countdown!
There is only NINE days left until my first half marathon. I have a wave of different emotions hitting me all at once right now. I'm excited, nervous, anxious and a little fearful and for many different reasons.
Excited because this is my first half marathon of course! But I never thought I would be doing ANYTHING like this in my life. I've always watched the race on TV and I told myself "those people are crazy, I would never." Now here I am, doing the same thing I said I was "NEVER" going to do. "Never say never," right?
Nervous. Since is this my first half marathon I always have the feeling of "did I do enough," "did I train hard enough?" "Is those couple of days that I missed going to affect my run?" I mean I just have so much going through my head and I don't want to psyche myself out.
Anxious because I really have a time in my head I would like to run this race in. I know the general rule is "enjoy your first half, there will be plenty of other half marathons to PR in," but that's not my case. I want to set a time for myself and know that I can match or race under that time, however I am not telling anyone that time as of yet simply because I don't want to hear "oh of course you can do it" and then I don't do it. (Yes I can be a bit of a pessimist when it comes to things like this) So, I'm keeping the time to myself just a little while longer.
And I'm fearful for my leg. It's been bothering me for quite sometime now and I JUST realize it's stemming from my hip. All this time I've been applying ice to my leg but it wasn't really working out. I applied heat to my hip and rolled it out and the pain has significantly decreased from last night. So I'll be doing this until race day.
I'm sure I'm feeling more emotions than that, but these are the four that stood out to me. Race day is approaching fast and I just want to cross that finish line and receive that medal! Oh yea!
Since I've decided to participate in New York Road Runner's (NYRR) 5-borough series this year, after this race I'll be running the Queens 10K then it's off to the Bronx (length TBD) then off to do the Staten Island Half so I can have guaranteed entry to the NYC half in 2015 since I didn't get in this year!
Seems like my race calendar is full, but I'm focusing on the Brooklyn Half for now!
Nine days out!