The Season of Smash
This Sunday I'll be running the New Jersey Half Marathon, half marathon number four, and hopefully—if all goes according to plan—a new personal record at the 13.1 distance.
On Sunday, I was running a short, quick few miles and thinking about the race I'd be running in just 7 days. This half marathon will be my first at this distance since May 2015 and I'll be gunning to break a 13-month-old PR, which I set in the pouring rain in a city I'd never run during the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon in our nation's capital. It's about time to oust that record, dontcha think?
I haven't run a 5k in almost two years. TWO YEARS. When I first began running, it took me 3 months to run my first 5k, and it was a laughable thought back then that I'd ever run anything farther.
I set my 5k PR at the last race I ran at the distance, the Fitzgerald's Lager Run on a Sunday evening in June 2014. It was one of my most fun races to date, complete with a beautiful course, kids and super soakers saving our heat-scorched butts, enthusiastic volunteers, and plenty of cold beer afterwards courtesy of the sponsoring bar, Fitzgerald's 1928 in the town over from me.
I was thinking about that race this past Sunday, as I ran a three-ish mile route at just over the race pace I ran that day in June 2014 to set that PR. I thought about how much has happened in that time, and how much I want to smash that PR too in a few months too.
|I feel it important to note that that's water on my shirt, not sweat.|
So here's to the rest of this season dedicated to besting my former self, smashing PRs, and looking with almost wild bewilderment at a race plan that includes running 13.1 miles at ANY pace, 3.1 miles at a considerably sub-9 pace, and being a person who does it all without being chased by wild beasts.
(Trust me, if you knew me three years ago, you'd know that's the biggest expectation-smashing that's ever gone on around here.)
Over to you guys. What's happening (or not happening) in your fitness world? Is it race season for you, or are you working toward a new goal? Grab a button, say hello to some fellow badass bloggers, and link up below with Tracy and me!