I’m registered to be the 2:10 pacer at the Chilly Half-Marathon in a couple days. But I don’t feel ready. I’m quite nervous.
This will be the third year in a row I have run this race, and the first year that I’m going to pace it. I registered to pace it months ago, setting an ambitious goal of 2:10. In my previous years I did the race in 2:14 and 2:03. The goal time of 2:10 should have been a comfortable goal.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had the best training season. The months of November and December had very limited training because of a very difficult work schedule. I wasn’t properly prepared for the Walt Disney World half and full marathons, and that left me severely weakened. I tried getting right back into training in January, but that led to an overtraining injury. And then I wound up with a nasty cold/flu thing for the last couple of weeks. And I have had very, very little strength training for the last 6 months. So it really hasn’t been a good season.
I almost wish that I wasn’t pacing for this race. I usually enjoy pacing because it means I have no guilt in taking it a little easy. However, 2:10 will be a challenge this Sunday. I don’t want to let down anyone who is relying on me.
I’m not quite sure how to prepare for this race. It’s much colder than last year and I’ll probably have to wear a jacket. However, I’m supposed to wear a pacer shirt. How am I supposed to do that? My cold means I’m still sniffling a lot. I think I’ll have to run with lots and lots of tissue paper. The cowbell in the race kit is nice and loud. I’m tempted to attache it to my pacer sign.
I hope that with vigilant foam rolling, good rest, food, tylenol, prayer, luck and a few miracles, I’ll be able to successfully pace this race on Sunday.