Monday, April 1, 2013

I'm Running A Race This Weekend

First off, how the heck is it April?! This year has been flying by. April welcomed us with warmer temps and plenty of sunshine, which must mean that spring decided to show up. Don't get me wrong, I loved having off last week for snow but I'm ready for shorts weather.

In order to celebrate spring's late arrival I will be running a race this weekend. Last year I did my first race in the middle of March so it feels a little weird to have not donned a bib yet. Part of me wishes I had raced either the B&A Trail Half Marathon or Rock N' Roll USA but another part of me is glad I didn't worry about doing a race too soon. I was insanely jealous of all the people sporting shiny new PR's after St. Patty's Day weekend but I actually enjoyed relaxing and just focusing on training. Can you tell I'm a very indecisive person?

The course goes right along the river

I'm really glad that it is finally my time to show up at a starting line ready to run fast. I've had some ups and downs with my training for the overall consensus is that things are going great. I've never raced a 10 miler before so I have nothing to compare it to but regardless I'm excited to see what I can do with all of that training under my belt.

I'm also using this race as a dress rehearsal for my upcoming half marathon later in April. I know the temperature will be slightly different and the start times are a bit different but I want to practice everything so I know what works and what doesn't. I've been using my long runs each week to also do this but I think actually practicing in a race setting is just different.

Harrisburg Marathon

Even though I'm not the fastest runner, I absolutely love racing. I know that all of the race excitement will carry through to my training in these last few weeks before the Nike Women's Half Marathon. This race is also at the same place that I ran my first marathon at and will run along the same course. Although my first marathon was not the experience I wanted it to be I am actually really excited to be returning to the scene of the crime for a little redemption.

Who else is racing this weekend? 

1 comment :

  1. I'm with ya... racing is in my blood now. I may not be the fastest or slowest, but I just loooove it.

    I'm running the Knoxville Marathon half on Sunday! Good luck on your "dress rehearsal" race hehe.