In addition to training for a 5K with the #ProjectAdam boys, I've also been gearing up for the longest race I've had since my half marathon last year.
On March 2, I'll be running the Black Cat, which winds from Salem into Marblehead.
I have to be honest, prepping for this 10 miler has been far, far harder mentally than planning for my half marathon. Why? Several reasons:
First, my family's been sick, and I've been sick. And while I am all for pushing through being sick, there have been some days where I just flat out could not breathe. Not breathing and running don't quite work that well together. So, that's been rough.
Second: Snow! I'm a New Englander. We are made from tough stock. I like snow. I don't mind cold (to a certain extent) but a lot of my long runs, which have to be on the weekends because of my wacky during-the-week schedule, have been moved or bumped. Why? I am one of those people who really REALLY dislikes treadmills. So, I'd rather dodge snowbanks and get soaking wet than slog out 8-10 miles on a treadmill. Does that make me crazy? Perhaps, but at least I'm honest about it. My half marathon was during far better weather, and all my training runs were in near-ideal temperature conditions. So, this has been, um, interesting to say the least. It's also been filled with pretty views, though (see photo at left).
Third: The terror factor is gone. When I ran my first half marathon I was simply terrified I would not finish or that I would walk (if you've been reading this blog for awhile you know my main goals with any race are to not stop, and not walk). Now, I'm in far better shape than I was when I ran my half, and I know what I'm capable of. Will this be my fastest race? Unlikely. But I didn't get into running to set any land-speed records. I got into it because it was something I had never done and I found it difficult. It's still challenging to me, but I also know that some way, somehow I will finish the race. Hopefully not dead last.
Am I ready for my 10-mile race? Well, I managed to knock out eight miles during a training run this weekend, so I know my body can take it. Let's see if we can't get the 'ole noggin to play along, too.
Any words of wisdom for me as I continue my last-minute preparations for this race? Wish me luck ...