This will be my eighth half marathon. I’ve never run a half marathon that didn’t include the words “hilly” or “challenging” in the description. This one is no exception.
I started my half marathons with the Zooma Annapolis half marathon. It was the first hot day of the year. I’d spent the day before at the beach. It was way hillier than I expected. In a word, it sucked.
Nine months later, I ran the Caesar Rodney Half and knocked 18 minutes off my time (and hit sub-2). Amazing race, but again with the hills.
Three months later, I ran the Pacers Running Festival Half and PR’d by seconds on a seriously hilly and wickedly windy course.
A week after that, I earned my Half Fanatic membership at the Marine Corps Historic Half. The hills at 11 and 12 were absolutely wicked, but for a race only a week after a PR, I posted a happy 2:04.
Nine months after that I ran the Oak Barrel half as part of my marathon training. Why exactly did I chose a race with a hill that had a name (Whiskey Hill)? That never bodes well.
Six months later I ran the Wilson Bridge Half as a “fun run”. Seriously, who does that? There was a wicked long “hill” near the end (the bridge), but because I’d been running easy, it was not a problem.
Finally, in 2011, I ran the National Half Marathon, right before my achilles decided running was a bad idea. Again, I’m pretty sure the word hilly was in the description.
So, why I am I so nervous about this half?
- I’ve spent the last YEAR! fighting my way back to endurance and (a little bit of) speed.
- That hill between miles 2 and four is wicked!
- The downhill is even scarier.
- Did I mention I’m running this in Vibrams?
- I have no idea how to pace myself for this.
- Various body parts keep whining at me.
But (there’s always a but…) I’m going to have fun. I’m riding down to the race with friends. I’m sharing a hotel room with Tonia (I know you are jealous!). I’m going to get over that hill and then I’m going to give it all I’ve got.
It may not be pretty. I may be limping for days afterwards. But my bling shelf is lonely and it’s time to bring home a shiny new medal!