I just finished picking up my bib and shirt at the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run expo. I must say I was pretty impressed by the selection of goods there as well. I also met and got an autograph from Greg Meyer, American record holder for ten miles. However, thats not what this post is about.
What it is about is my apprehension on this race. As I sit on the orange line metro train, I felt I could make good use of the time letting it out through my blog. Back in December when I signed up for the lottery, I knew the race would require an improvement on my part. Ì knew I would need a 14 minute pace for the race, but that was part of the challenge I liked. Unfortunately I was not prepared as much as I should have been going into my half marathon in January. I followed that up with taking a longer training break then I probably should have. I then followed that by not training as hard I should have. In the end, I have a long list of partials reasons why I didn't do all my sessions but they're just that. Excuses.
The runs I have done have not been up to par. I did a longer run a couple weeks ago that it is not the distance I'm worried about being able to finish. It's the pace. Now, I did get a nice mental boost in my Friday training run, not only breaking a 15 minute pace but coming in under a 14 minute pace as well. It was only for just over 2 miles but it's something. I need my brain to latch onto that.
In the end, I know being swept isn't the end of the world, but that's easier said then done internally. I'm not resigned to being swept, I will give it my all, but I know it's a really possibility. For now, I need to be confident and belive in myself. But that can also be easier said then done.
Writing it out helped, so at least it accomplished something.