I had a lot of time to think during my 12 mile run this weekend (last long training run before the half), and I came up with a big bad plan of how I'm going to make it through. Are you ready? Get ready, because this is earth shattering...
I'm going to run aid station to aid station. That's it. That's all I'm going to think about. I'm not going to think about how many miles are left out of 13.1. I'm not going to think about how far I have to go until I cross the finish line. I'm just going to focus on getting to the next aid station. This is how I approach my cycling events - I ride rest stop to rest stop. And it has served me well. Sometimes it's been the only way to make it through the tough spots. While I feel ready enough for this half marathon to know I'll cross the finish line, it is still not easy at all for me nor does it feel natural to run the longer distances. A 3 or 4 mile run? I love that distance. 12 miles? I had a mini meltdown from mile 10-11. But like I usually do, I pulled it together and finished.
Here are the aid stations:
- Mile 2.75
- Mile 4.75
- Mile 7.5
- Mile 9.25
- Mile 11
Totally doable. I'll have these memorized by the time March 17 rolls around. Or maybe I'll just write them on my arm, because if this thing is anything like some of my cycling events, the brain stops working 1/2 way through.
And while I'm running from one aid station to the next, I'll be rocking out to the following to keep me moving. Now everyone keep their fingers crossed I don't forget my earbuds like I did for my 10k.