I haven’t blogged in a about a week or so, but I have been making pretty good progress! My longest run now has been 10 miles. I did it last Saturday! I had done 9 miles for two consecutive weeks as my long run distance prior! Who would have ever thought I could do this? I certainly never did. I have noticed so much improvement in my fitness level. After running 10 miles last week, I came home, showered and went on with my day. I went to the fair with my family and felt fine. I could NEVER have done that 7 months ago. I would have been zapped and down for the day. The human body is AMAZING how it adapts and how strong it is!
I am still not convinced I can pull off the half marathon in under 3 hours. If it was any other half marathon I think it would be possible, but this San Francisco first half is harder. Period. I have run the course, and the hardest part is the hill leading up to the Golden Gate bridge and then the bridge itself. That’s at least 4 miles of pretty steady incline. By the time I reach that point in the half marathon I will have run about 5 miles, so going into one of the hardest parts of the race after already putting in almost half the miles, I find I slow down. I slow down into the 14+ min pace mile range. That isn’t going to work. BUT, I find myself speeding up on the bridge from previous runs. I managed 11+ minute pace range going from the Marin County to San Francisco direction for 2 miles. That is my fastest, yet.
At this point I am going to take the Ferry over to the Ferry building and run the course across the Golden Gate Bridge and have someone pick me up on the Marin side. I have to practice this more.
I have also decided I am going to just accept that if I miss this by a few minutes, then that is just the way it is. I definitely have worked harder at this than most things in my life. I really feel I have put a lot of effort in and I need to be content with how much progress I have made. I am doing something so many others wouldn’t even try. I never thought I would feel pretty confident about going the distance of 13.1 miles. That is huge in itself. If I don’t finish in 3 hours it will be close-very close. I am hoping when it comes to race day the endorphins will kick in and I will give it everything I have to push up those hills faster than I have before. I am telling myself, its ONE day. I can push through anything I am feeling and just focus on giving it my all. I am about 50/50 in if I think the time is attainable at this point. But, I am not panicking anymore. I am not having anxiety attacks, so I am making progress and feeling pretty good!
Next week, I will update… its down to 4 more weeks until race day! xo
Ps. How do I change my thumbnail next to my blog. I am sick of the same picture, and I can’t figure it out! ha ha