I had a wonderful run this morning! My Garmin was dead, and I went off my normal path to explore some new streets. When I got home, I used Google Earth to map my run and discovered that I did about 4.0 miles. Wahoo.
All in all, Iâ€™m feeling really good about my upcoming half marathon (Iâ€™m running the ZOOMA Florida Half as a Race Ambassador in January). I have high hopes that Iâ€™ll be able to put in a decent time and not feel dead on my feet when I cross the finish line. Goals, people! Goals! I am looking forward to extending my long runs more â€“ it feels really good to get into that double-digit territory and really KNOW that you can handle the long distance.
If youâ€™re in Florida and a newbie runner, hereâ€™s a fun opportunity to run the ZOOMA 5K for free.
Actually, as part of my involvement with ZOOMA, Iâ€™ll be speaking at the expo (with Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers). Weâ€™ve decided to do a presentation about â€˜real world last minute race advice.â€™ You know â€“ all the doâ€™s and do notâ€™s that most of us learn the hard (and painful or bloody or hitting-the-wall) way.
That time that I â€˜didnâ€™t have enough timeâ€™ to go to the bathroom before a long run? Yeah. You really, really should make enough time for that, unless you want to find yourself creepinâ€™ behind a bush at 6:30 AM.
Even though that dirty martini looks really, really tasty, you probably should not drink a lot the night before a race. Or really at all if youâ€™re a wuss like me who gets a hangover just by looking at a bottle of wine.
Do not buy new socks at a race expo and wear them for the race.
Do not start off too fast.
Do not train at an 11:00/mile pace and decide to run the race at 7:30/mile. Nevergonnahappen.
Do not eat Chickpea Masala from the Whole Foods hot bar the night before a race. (Remember this post?)
So â€“ whatâ€™s your last minute race advice? Any chickpea masala horror stories?!