Striding Through

Because a life well lived always finds the right pace

T-Minus 60 hours

Happy St. Patrick’s Day all!

Taper weeks sometimes feel like they go on forever. I can’t wait until Saturday gets here, so I can get my race on at the CareFirst National Half Marathon. But until then time just goes drip, drip, drip ever so slowly.

I know I’m ready for this race. I’ve hit all the right targets in my quality workouts, whether they’ve been on the track or on the road. Moreover, my race performances this winter, while not spectacular, have all been solid. What’s great about the latter fact is that I really haven’t let myself go into a race rested, until now. I’ve notched two new PRs without the benefit of any tapering, and I really don’t think I’ve run anywhere near my best race yet. Lastly, my affiliation with Team in Training for this race is sure to provide an extra motivational boost on Saturday morning; I’m not just running for myself this time and that gives this race a really special meaning.

Hopefully the next couple of days will provide opportunities to relax my mind. I’ll try to fill out a bracket and watch some March Madness, or maybe prep for my upcoming fantasy baseball drafts.  Then on Friday night, there is TNT’s pre-race pasta dinner downtown, followed by (hopefully) a few hours of sleep before rising at about 4:30 am. I still haven’t decided on whether I’m taking Metro down to RFK Stadium or driving, but right now I’m leaning towards making the drive after just making it to the start line on time last year when I ran the full marathon.  The more big races I run, the less I trust public transit to get me there on time.

As for details regarding Saturday morning — whether you’re planning to come down or check things out on the web — here’s what I can tell you.

  • I am bib #4505, entered in the half marathon
  • Results should start coming in about 30 minutes after finishers start crossing the line, how soon they will be posted to the website, I can’t say, but it will probably be on the same day
  • The start for both this race and the Sun Trust National Marathon is 7am
  • Team in Training will have a tent in the finish area, and there’s a good chance you’ll find me there at some point after my race (unless I decide to venture out on the course to cheer teammates running the full)
  • The race website contains lots of information on viewing spots for both the half and full (see link above).

For anyone coming down, hopefully I’ll see you there — most likely afterwards (I tend to be a quite a loner before races while I warm up and get myself mentally in the zone).  In any case, I’ll be sure to check in at my usual online running haunts later in the day with some kind of report. Probably with a belated Murphy’s Irish Stout in hand.

60 hours to go…tick, tick, tick…

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