August 19, 2005
from a motel 6
Actually, that's not true - I'm sitting in a room in a really nice hotel in Parkersburg, WV. There's a half-marathon tomorrow morning, and the start and finsh are a couple of blocks from here, which is perfect. The weather should be high 60s or low 70s - not quite so perfect, but still a lot cooler than I'm used to lately.
I'm in the 2nd day of a blessed week of vacation. Yesterday we drove from Tampa to a little town just north of Charlotte NC and stayed in a motel that couldn't hold a candle to motel 6. It was also in one of the worst areas for running I've ever seen, so this morning I ran around the parking lot (maybe 1/3 mile per loop) until I couldn't stand it any more. I only completed 5 of the scheduled 8 miles. I may make it up or I may not.
I'm not sure yet what to try for tomorrow. I want to do well, but I don't want to jeopardize the marathon training. This will be the first race since the beginning of June, and the first half-marathon since the disaster in Naples in January. If I try to run it as a marathon-pace run, I have instant excuses for the course (hilly) and the weather and the wimpiness I know I have in great quantities. And I know that a MP pace run will be a half-marathon PR anyway, because my half-Ms have been lousy and my PR is almost 2 years old. On the other hand, if I don't try hard, I'll kick myself.
Posted by joe positive at August 19, 2005 4:14 PM
Hey - you are in my neck of the woods! (almost - Parkersburg is about 3 hours or so from Pittsburgh). Good luck in the 1/2 marathon. It's a really popular race around here. Hope you enjoy your vacation too!
Posted by: Beth at August 19, 2005 7:33 PM