If you want Winter to go by fast, sign up for a Spring race that you are either very nervous about or completely unprepared for. That's a sure fire way to make sure those weeks go by at lightening speed.
As you may know, I am officially registered for two Spring races. One I am super excited about and one I am extremely nervous about.
I'm Runfessing today about the one I'm nervous about,.......The NYC Half
1. You may ask, Why in the world am I nervous about running a half marathon when I've already ran two FULL marathons? Truth is, I'm not sure. 13.1 miles is 13.1 miles no matter where it is, right? I think I'm nervous about the hills in central park, the crowds, and all the commotions (which also makes NO sense because I've run crowded Disney races and ran through the commotion that was Rock n Roll Las Vegas), So yea, none of the concerns are really valid, except that's how I feel.
2. I'm also worried about how to dress. The weather seems to be consistently changing on that day. It went from 49 and sunny to 55 and chance of rain. I'm sure it will change a few more times until then too. What do I wear? Do I wear a windbreaker?
3. Speaking of dressing, do I wear sunglasses? I've never worn sunglasses during a long distance race because they start so early in the morning while it's still dark. I usually wear a visor. I know I don't want to wear a visor for this race because I don't want a chance of it blowing off while running over the bridge. Also, it might be nice to have the glasses covering my eyes if it is that windy.
4. Should I carry a water bottle? I don't drink a lot of water on a long run anyway but the thought of not having it when and if I need it worries me. I have a small bottle I can wear in my belt, that might work.
5. I runfess that I was really worried about this training cycle. Training for a March race could have been a disaster weather wise but to tell you the truth, I've had near perfect running weather. With mild temps in January and temps in the 60's and 70's in February, I couldn't have asked for a better year to train for NYC!
Have you run this race before? If so, what advice do you have for me? -M