Thursday, March 11, 2010

2 days to go

I can't believe it's only 2 days until my first half!  I'm excited, nervous, anxious, a bit relieved that it will be over - so many emotions mixed into one.  Overall though I feel very confident.  I'm 100% confident that I will complete it, and I'm 98% confident that I'll reach my goal of finishing under 2 hours.

You may think it strange that I just said I'll be a bit relieved when it's over.  As much as I've been looking forward to this day for a long time (I first seriously considered this last summer), it's been a major focus for me for a while.  As far as running goes, the trail races and this half were my big things that I really wanted to do well on.  Since the beginning of this year especially, it's just been run, run, run, run.... 

Ideally I should have been doing more strength training along the way.  But with a race almost every other weekend, and all the long runs, I put off strength training alot because I was afraid of being sore.

Then ... what do I do last night (with about 60 hours to go to race time) ... I wasn't in the mood to run on the treadmill, so I broke out Jillian's Making the Cut book and decided to follow Day 1 of her workout (as I did in December ... here).  Today my chest is a bit tender, but at least my legs feel pretty good.  Ah well, all should be fine for Saturday.  Nothing a little ibuprofen won't take care of.

After this half is over it's back to the burn for me.  I was looking at the pics from my Shred results last fall and I look an awful lot more like the before pics than the after.  I won't be able to do the Shred at this time as I have no place to workout with a DVD player, but I will be doing similar workouts.

I made this yummy salad for dinner the other day

even my husband couldn't resist picking at it

Looking at this I'm thinking this could make a good dinner for tonight.

Hope everyone is having a great day!



Syl said...

salad looks so yummy!

Heidi when I say this I mean it - there is no doubt in my mind that you will KILL this half marathon!

I am so excited for you, I wish I could be there to see you cross....maybe you could wear pink socks or something to know that i'm with you ever step of the way!

Can't wait for your recap - in Tamaras words I think I may pee my pants :-)

Tiffany said...

Oooohhh...can't wait to hear all about the half as well. Wow, I can't even imagine running a half in less than 2 hours. That's pretty fantastic. Although you are a running machine, so I have NO DOUBT that you will reach your goal.

Susan @ All Things In Moderation said...

I am so excited so for you! I know your going to do great in your upcoming half marathon !!!!

Teamarcia said...

I don't think your anticipation is strange at all. A 1/2 is a huge endeavor and you've worked long and hard for it. Good luck and enjoy!

Angela said...

Good luck at your race! I totally feel you on the looking forward to being done with it so you can focus on other things. PS: the salad looks amazing!

Alicia said...

Heidi! I am so excited for you! It is awesome that you will be able to run your first 1/2 in under 2 hours. I still haven't done it! (Trying again next weekend.)

Good luck! Have fun! And can't wait to hear all about it!

ajh said...

Have fun fun fun. Halves are the BEST! You will be great!

Sarah said...

Good luck!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Fran said...

Good luck tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you.

I think I'm going to order that book of Jillian, I'm looking for different strength workouts and I hear all good things about this one.

Again: good luck, have fun and I'm sure you'll finish under 2 hours!

Nicki said...

Good luck, Heidi! I am running my first half on Sunday. I know you will do fantastic things in the race this weekend!

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Good luck Heidi! You're gonna do GREAT!!!!

Stephanie said...

Hi Heidi,

I found your blog from Syl at Live, Smile, Run. So, good luck on your 1st 1/2. My first half is in april. I can't wait to hear your recap of your experience. I am also sooo excited and consumed by it! I also plan to run my first marathon in Oct.
I just ordered the 30 Day Shred, and can't wait to start the program. I am doing it as an add-on to what I already do.
As for the cross-training/weights, while training,(I was scared to lift before a big run etc) but I find that my body actually adapts to it really well. If I wake up to run and I am sore, I never notice in the run, and I feel GREAT afterwards! I think crosstraining and weights has really improved my running!

Again, good luck, and I am happy to be a new follower!

Kyle and Darci said...

Heidi - Good luck with your first 1/2 tomorrow!! Very exciting!! I ran my first half last October and can't wait to do another one here in a couple months!! Good luck again!!

Bernadette said...

Good luck tomorrow!!!

I just completed my first Half last month and can tell you that the feeling of crossing that finish line is PRICELESS!!

I can't wait to read all about it!!
Have fun!!

Leah said...

Saw a link to you blog from Syl at Live, Smile, Run. Good luck on your race! I have a friend attempting her first half in the summer. You guys amaze me.

Shelley said...

Good luck on your half, Heidi - you will do great!!!

Missy said...

AH - SO excited for your half!!! Can't wait to hear all about it. I know you'll rock it lady.

Tamara said...

Okay, I'm really reserved and I scoff and girls that squeal but I'm sorry, this deserves a

I'm so excited!

I'm not going to wish you luck other than for great weather because I know you've got this sewn up baby! You're ready!