Today is Thanksgiving, but aside from the fact that it was quiet in the office and I had turkey and assorted pot luck sides for lunch, it's just another Thursday. Actually, that's not true. It's VACATION Thursday. As of 2:30 this afternoon, I'm on vacation for ten days.
And of course, I won't be sitting on my butt a whole lot during that time. I'm in the "final countdown" for the Space Coast Half Marathon this Sunday. Two weeks ago, I did my final long training run, wrapping up at a distance of 10 miles. Of course, the race is 3 (point one) miles longer, but I'm pretty confident that race day adrenaline will carry me that last 5K.
Though I haven't managed to beat my 12:49/mile PR, I also haven't tried. I've been trying to be injury-free going into the next weeks. It hasn't been an easy road though. Last week I went to the doctor when pain in my left foot got so bad I started to worry that I might have a broken bone. (I don't. I put the insoles from my old shoes into my new shoes, and my feet are happier than they have ever been.) And even though I haven't been pushing, it still feels like I'm improving. On my 5-mile run last Saturday, each of my my miles took less than 15 minutes. And on my 3-mile run yesterday, my overall pace was 13:41/mile.
That last milestone is especially significant because I've been eyeing a handful of future races that have a pacing requirement of 14 minutes/mile (hello, Hershey!) (does anyone else find it ironic that the race through the CHOCOLATE town isn't just a slow fun run??) (excessive parentheses live here).
But I digress. I wanted to take a minute to write out all of the things I've got planned between now and next Monday when I go back to work...partly because I'm sure I won't end up doing everything I have on the list.
Tomorrow - morning run and breakfast (corned beef hash is carb-loading, right?) with Scott, mini grocery trip (mostly for race day Craisins and pizza fixin's), possible trip to the pharmacy for prescription refills, Mom arrives, home-made pizza for dinner, pack for the trip
Saturday - drive to the coast, race packet pick-up at the expo, hotel check-in, dinner someplace carb-tastic, shower, blow-dry, chalk pink & purple streaks in my hair (if I can find the chalk), and early sleep
Sunday - RACE DAY! no solid plans after that, but I'm hoping for a dip in the hot tub and a hobble on the beach
Monday - back home, lunch with Mom before she heads home, group project due tonight
Tuesday - laundry, cleaning, homework, short conditioning run
Wednesday - pot luck at work (yep, during vacation!), Candlelight show
Thursday - more homework, more cleaning, another short run
Friday - race packet pick up
Saturday - Orlando Half Marathon
Sunday - more laundry, Candlelight show
Wow...I shouldn't have written it all out. All of a sudden it looks awfully overwhelming!
Anyway, wish me luck on Sunday. Hopefully I'll have a race recap up by Tuesday.