You see, this half- the Chicago Women's half this Sunday is not my goal race. I just started 14 weeks of intense training for the Fox Valley Marathon on monday and my legs are still fuc%#&% sore from Tuesdays 3x1 mile repeats + too many squats and lunges. (I just might have overdone it). Not to mention I'm going to run 6 miles Saturday morning with some hills to spice things up so I have somewhat "dead legs" for Sundays race. It's all about the big picture.**
My goals for this race are simple. First and foremost, have fun. Second, run a smart race- by progressively negative splitting the 2nd half. Third is to enjoy time with all the wonderful women I've met in the past year who will also be running the race.
Yep. It's just that simple.
I loved running the Chicago Women's Half so much last year that I signed up super early (like October) to run the race again.
I love how this race is a celebration of Title 9.
I love how this race brings women together.
I love how this year I will be surrounded by so many friends I've made since moving here 2.5 years ago.
All that's left before half #21 is to eat a few more carbs (mmm Chipotle burrito bowl), tweak my iPod playlist and decide what to wear (I'm 99.98% sure right now).
And I'm still holding out hope for a freak cold front to pass through...
Are you running the Chicago women's half/5k this weekend?
Good luck to everyone running or racing this weekend!
*seems to be a blogger "thing" where people list all the reasons they won't succeed at their race beforehand.
**While a PR would certainly be a confidence booster, the predicted heat/humidity of 75degrees/78% humidity at 6:30am are not something I'm adequately adjusted to yet. Plus I want to stay healthy for my "A" race in 13 weeks. This race will be purely run by effort, not targeted splits.