13.1, Cleveland, HMM, running, training

(half) marathon training: final friday

This is it, you guys! This is what I’ve spent the past twelve weeks working towards. This is why I’ve been waking up at 5:30 am multiple times a week and why I’ve been foregoing sleep and social engagements. For three months I’ve been pounding the pavement and now all that stands between me and the finish line is a mere 13.1 miles.

When I started training back in late February I was, admittedly, a little hesitant about this process. My 2014 Cleveland Half Marathon experience did not go well at all. In fact, when I found out I was going to be running this race as a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador, I honestly didn’t know which distance to pick and almost ran the 10K again. I decided, though, that I needed to run the half just to prove that I can. I needed to prove, to myself, that my first half was not a fluke.

Then, a few weeks ago, I was out running and I had a moment where I couldn’t believe I ever thought about not running the half marathon. Like, it was crazy to me that I had even entertained the thought of running the 10K. Here I was given this opportunity — this gift, really — to run as an Ambassador, to represent this city, to represent slow runners and I almost let it go because I was too scared to tackle those 13.1 miles again.

And in that moment I realized how fucking excited I am to run another half-marathon.

Who saw that one coming, amirite?

I am, however, a little bit nervous about the weather forecast. It’s gonna be a hot and humid one on Sunday. Oof. This has been my motto for this entire week:

Seriously. My huge waterbottle has been getting lots and lots of refills on a daily basis.

That being said, I firmly believe that I have an opportunity to PR this weekend which is incredible for so many reasons, the least of which is that I’m, like, 30 pounds heavier now than I was at my first half. The Hermes 10 Miler made it more of a reality and with the heat it might not be as big of a PR as I would have liked, but a faster time is a faster time.

If I do PR I’m going to buy myself the Champion Charm bracelet from Alex and Ani. It will look absolutely fabulous with the Phoenix one I got at Christmas.

This is it, you guys. THIS IS IT! Tonight I’m headed downtown for a cocktail reception where I’ll finally get to meet the other #CLEMarathon Ambassadors and then of course have to figure out when to go to the Expo to pick up my packet and scope out the vendors.

For everyone running a Cleveland race this weekend, be it the 5K, 10K, half or full, good luck and see you on the other side of the finish line!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

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