As cliché as it sounds, I believe…….
I know that the numbers on the treadmill do not define me. I know that I have not been hitting the speeds/durations that I need in order to run as fast as I want. But I believe that my hard work will pay off with positive results. I am working harder than I have ever worked before, logging more miles than in years gone by and I know that when race day arrives, I will bring everything I have to the table. What does that mean? I will bring my attitude and BELIEVE that I can run fast
er than is possible.
I began simple speed interval work about 5 or 6 weeks ago with the intention of getting back into 22:xx shape for the 5K distance. However, I do not anticipate the upcoming Warm Your Heart 5K at McCormick Place to be a test of the progress of my random speed work since the course map looks as intricate as a good maze.
After a brief review of this course map, I have decided that this looks like a fun race where I will get to go and hang out with friends but not one that will count as a real test of 5K speed since I can only imagine huge bottlenecks at each of those turns.
However, as I look forward to the next several weeks of training I see the 13.1 Miami Beach race in my immediate future. I anticipate this to be a good test as to my current level of fitness. I haven’t raced a half
uninjured since last June and that day ended up being sweltering hot and although I finished in a run/walk fashion, they did end up calling the race and closing it down due to the dangerous conditions. So I don’t feel as if that race was a good indication of half marathon speed since I was in survival mode. I raced a couple other halfs afterwards but they were in a very injured state with the Plantar Fasciitis. Therefore, I have HUGE expectations for 13.1 Miami Beach. I have been trying to get to the 1:50:xx mark in the half marathon for 2 years and I now believe that I will be able to attain this goal with my current level of fitness.
So I have one more week to train without blowing it and then it will be R&R with my momma in Miami before Ms. TooTall bags a goal that is 2 years in the making. I’m not really sure there will be room for many other people in the race once my attitude hits the start line. Watch out Miami Beach…….I’ll be flying in for you, very soon!
Believe in yourself and know that the impossible really is possible if you BELIEVE.
Do you have any lofty goals which you fully expect to achieve this year?
Amanda – TooTallFritz