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#59: Discipline is remembering what you want.

T minus eight days to the big half marathon, and I have a problem. OK…problems.

#1: What in the world do I wear?! Missouri weather was abnormally warm until last week, so until then I was still in shorts and t-shirts. It was cooler this week. On Tuesday I started off in tights, wind pants, long-sleeved T, and fleece with gloves and ear muff/headband thing; I finished that run with the tights, wind pants, and long-sleeved T. Today I went out in 50-degree weather in tights and long-sleeved T with gloves and ear muff/headband thing, and I cut my run short because I was burning up. Clearly, I’m afraid of being too cold, and so far that’s not working too well for me. It’s too soon for next Sunday’s forecast, but it’s looking like I’ll have to force myself to wear shorts. I’ll keep you posted.

#2: My pace has dropped from 12+ min/mile to sub-12 min/mile, and I’m not sure how that’s going to affect my race. Yes, I’m running faster, but I’m walking more frequently, too. I’m just nervous about that.

#3: My frickin’ left hip. I can’t think of anything I did to it this week, but it hurts when I walk and feels like it’s in constant need of popping. I had a similar issue with my right hip when I taking dance classes a year or so ago, but I have no idea how to remedy the problem.

On a more positive note, I made a Google Map of the race complete with athletic supporter rendezvous points and a spreadsheet of my estimated splits for my athletic supporters. Mom, Dad, Martha (mother-in-law), Don (father-in-law), Chris, and Jacob (my brother) are all going to follow my progress in exchange for a box of Krispy Kremes. More later…

“Discipline is remembering what you want.” — David Campbell


5 thoughts on “#59: Discipline is remembering what you want.

  1. Okay, first… deep breath. ;)13 miles while being cold would not be fun so I say dress for the coolness. Either wear things you can ditch (everyone does this – all the clothes will be gathered up and donated to a shelter) or plan to meet the husband so you can hand off the clothes.Your hip sounds worrisome? I have no advice other than google it. Or go get a sports massage?And do not worry about the walking. This is your first 1/2, right? I am a full believer in the walk/run – I don’t think I could have finished my marathon without it. I think taking a minute of so each mile to walk forces you to pace…. and keeps you running faster longer.You are going to have a great run!

  2. I think unless its below 35 or so, you can do fine in shorts (remember, running temp is 55). But I think putting some extra layers on top and maybe some gloves (both of which you are willing to throw away) would be the way to go!

  3. Hey Sarah…it’s Sarah! (Ashlynne’s friend) Can’t wait to meet you tonight! If it makes you feel any better, my running partner and I can’t figure out what to wear for the race either. I guess that is good ‘ole Missouri for you. Talk to you soon!~Sarah

  4. Don’t worry about having to walk every now and then. If it helps, then do it.If you think it might end up warm, dress in layers. Find a good, cheap throw away long sleeve shirt from Target or something and wear it till you get hot, then toss it to the side of the road when you don’t need it anymore. Then have your good running stuff on underneath.Good luck, you’ll do great!

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