Well it’s January, so you know what that means. The 3M Half Marathon! This will be my third bout with the speedy downhill course. It’s this very race where I have set my two previous fastest half marathon times (thank you, downhill course). So what’s in store for this year?
As is customary, I’ll set a realistic, fairly conservative goal and then back it up with several excuses as to why I don’t think it’s too conservative. Then, once at the starting line, I’ll scrap my entire plan and run as hard as possible to the finish. That’s exactly what happened two years ago. Last year was a bit different wherein I planned the whole time to run as hard as possible.
This year I’m focused on Boston training. I’m looking to put in a solid time, but I don’t think a PR is in the cards this go-round [see above re: goals]. However, since this falls within Boston training, and my training plan says I should run 18 miles this weekend, you’ll find me running home from the finish line to get close to that 18 mile mark. Sick? Yes. What else can I do?
To make matters more interesting, the always-reliable, never-wrong weather forecast shows a race temp in the mid-30s with a 40% chance of rain and a solid 16 mph headwind (the race is point to point from north to south). Don’t believe me?
I love this race because it runs right by my house, and my superwife has rallied our neighbors to come out to cheer me and the other runners on! I can’t wait for Sunday morning! Let’s do this!
Per the wisdom of commenter Laura, and verified by Google, there will in fact be a tailwind for the race! Huzzah!