It's race week. Again!
Just two weeks ago I was getting excited for the ZOOMA half marathon and now here I am starting race week again. This time, I'm gearing up for the Mohawk-Hudson half marathon on Sunday.
I have no idea what to expect. After having such a hard time in the ZOOMA half, I'm having doubts about Sunday's race. When I originally signed up for the half, I wanted to go after a PR. And, honestly, I'd still like to run one. But, I'm worried that I don't have it in me right now.
My current half marathon PR is 1:48:27. Do I still have that in my legs? I don't know. I really don't.
Although . . . I've noticed something about my recent races. In looking over my times and experiences, a pattern has emerged. And it is making me wonder.
Take a look:
UP! -- In May I ran a strong, PR-setting marathon in 3:56:37.
UP! -- Then, in June I set a new 5K PR: 22:43
down -- In July, I struggled through the Boilermaker 15K. It was a tough, tough race for me and I didn't run very well.
UP! -- I followed that with a great race at the Clove Run 10-mile race, finishing second female overall.
UP! -- And at the end of August, I lowered my 5K PR yet again, to 22:42.
down -- Two weeks ago, I struggled through the ZOOMA half.
So, based on that pattern, I should have a good race on Sunday, right? I mean, it looks like two UPs are in order following last week's down. At least according to my limited analysis. I guess I'll find out if that's true on Sunday.
In the meantime, I'm tapering. I logged some decent runs last week and I felt great on Saturday when I ran a nice, steady-paced 6 miler. I hope to go in to the race with confidence. I plan to spend this week building it!
Thanks for reading -- have a great week!