i'm happy to say i'm feeling MUCH better today, and expect to be 100% for tomorrow's race! my dad and the fiance are both coming out to cheer me on - yay :) it's always so nice to know you have people in the crowd there to cheer you on, especially for a long race. it's very motivating, and you have something to think about and look out for while you're chugging along.
i still have to pick out my race outfit- it's supposed to be warm tomorrow, so no doubt i'll be in shorts and a tank, and i'll probably wear my visor. since the race is in brooklyn and not central park, i'm bringing a bag with me to check, so i'll need to pack that too.
i also want to take a look at the course map and plan out my race a little. i did that last year for the queens half marathon, and it REALLY helped. in that race i got a half marathon pr, with a time of 1:55:29. my time in my first half marathon was 2:17:52. i improved by over 2o minutes!!!
that wasn't all from planning my race, i also added speedwork into my training, and was in much better shape overall. but still, planning my race ahead of time allowed me to think about what my goal pace per mile was, and what my overall goal time was. i then looked at the course map and figured out what my time should be at different key points- mile 3, 6, 9, etc.
it honestly really helped me stay on pace throughout the whole race, and to not go out too fast in the beginning. i wanted to finish in 2 hours, and i beat that by almost 5 minutes!
i'm not really sure what i want my time to be in this race, and i'm not as concerned about getting or beating a certan time as i was with queens. i think 2 hours is certainly a good target, and i will probably plan my race around that.
yay - i'm getting really excited!
i also decided to treat myself to a mani/pedi after the race- which definitely gives me something to look forward to :) i have a wedding to go to sunday, and figured my feet will need some lovin'.
today i have the day off from work- wahoo! so far i've been cleaning up the apartment and getting some wedding stuff done. i was finally able to check a few things off my (LONG) list, which felt great!
breakfast was yummy, my new favorite oatmeal combo:
- 1 packet tj's maple brown sugar oatmeal
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/2 c. soy milk
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 cup tea with 1 tsp. agave syrup
it was a little sweet today, because all i had at home was vanilla almond breeze (not the unsweetened kind), but it was still good. once i finish up all of my maple brown sugar oatmeal, i'm going to just start using plain steel cut oats to make my oatmeal. that will cut back a lot on the sugar, and i'm sure it will still taste great with the banana and milk and pb. maybe i'll even start experimenting with some other combos and different kinds of fruit now that it's summer!
now, what should i have for lunch?! i can barely finish one meal without thinking about the next!