I’m T-minus two days until my first race of the season, a 1/2 marathon here in the desert. The funny thing is, I’ve never felt less ready to race.
First of all, it’s February, probably my least-fit time of the year. I ran a marathon in mid-November and then spent December and most of January logging miles, but not speedwork. Towards the end of January my friends and I began adding in some hill repeats, but that’s about the extent of it. Oh, and did I mention the extra five pounds I’m carrying around?
Then there’s this week. I’ve been out here enjoying the wonderful weather and all that the desert surroundings have to offer. That means I’ve done lots of hiking as well as some trail running. Which means I’ve used lots of muscles I probably should have been resting leading up to this race. The warm temperatures (forecast high near 80) won’t help my cause either because I’m not acclimatized.
I’ve never nailed a good 1/2 marathon for some reason. I theorize that I either run them at this time of the year, when my fitness is generally lagging, or in the midst of marathon training, when my legs are tired and I can’t afford the taper time. Whatever the reason, I don’t think I’m going to break that trend this weekend!
And you know what? That’s ok. Getting back to the whole balance thing, I think mine would be out of whack if I were neglecting vacation time with my family in favor of tapering for a race.
What do you think? Have you ever toed the line when not prepared?