It’s hard to believe in the less than 2 days, I’ll be running the Chicago Spring Half Marathon!
Here are a few thoughts I’ve had leading up to Sunday:
I have to say, I had hoped to be a bit more prepared for this race but due to some personal issues, my training was sidelined for a couple weeks.
BUT the good news is I’m back up and running! The longest run during my training was 11 miles and I’m not going to lie, it was tough. I maintained about a 9 minute pace the entire distance which is really great for me personally. Since my last (and first) half marathon a few years ago, I have come strides <pun intended> in physical ability and strength (mostly thanks to CrossFit), and have consequently shaved off about 1 minute per mile in time, so I can’t complain. It’s crazy what your body can do when you challenge yourself!
With that being said, my goal for Sunday is ultimately just to finish the 13.1 mile distance, but I also hope to pace myself, as well as push myself a little. Although I won’t be focusing too much on speed, I’m shooting for (and would be happy with) finishing with less than a 10 minute pace. Since I’ve only run 11 miles thus far, I’m hoping my adrenaline carries me the remaining 2.1 miles across the finish line. 😉
Most importanly, no matter how things go (i.e. weather, fatigue, etc.), I know I’m going to have a blast! I am so excited to have Cassie running this with me this time around (although I know she’ll kick my butt) and I can’t wait for our Sunday Funday afterwards!
Race Day Gear
Cassie and I decided we both wanted to wear something with bright colors or crazy design… something to stand out!
I originally purchased these capris in a bright orange/pink and purple color but I haven’t decided if I want to wear capris or shorts yet so I may return these.
I also bought this shirt which I’m totally loving. I have another Nike Pro brand t-shirt like this that I absolutely love running in for its comfort, as well as the fact there is no chaffage. (<– is that a word?)
BUT I’m being really indecisive and have my eye on a tank top at Dick’s Sporting Goods… so we’ll just have to wait and see what I end up with.
I’ve been working on putting together a solid playlist to last me through the race. I want to include songs that are upbeat and motivating!
So far in the queue, I have:
- Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
- Alive by Krewella
- Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia
- Set It Off by Timomatic
- Crickets by Drop City Yacht Club
Apparently, my taste in running music leans towards techno-ish songs. I guess I just like to have energetic music to help keep me motivated!
I obviously need a lot more to cover 13.1 miles, any suggestions? What genre of music ‘pumps’ you up?
Have a great weekend and wish us luck!
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