Friday, April 20, 2012

Pre-Race Jitters? Nah.

Hello Sweets!

At this time tomorrow I will be running the Salt Lake City Half!!! I am very excited. I am ready to see if all our hard training will pay off.

Last year it was paying off until I fell in a pot hole
 I am soooooo ready to bank a 2 hour and 10 minute race! I stopped by the expo yesterday to pick up my bib and shirt. In years past, the expo was held at the convention center, but this year it was held at the finish line. I got goose bumps ya'll!!!

I feel like something is missing.............................

a finish line!
There we go! That was a lot of photo editing for a lack luster finish line. I am not worried. Saturday's finish line will be much more intense!!! I have been digging deep for some tricks and things that will get me through the race. Let's face it, 13.1 miles is not a distance where my body will break down (usually) so it really comes down to the mental aspect of things, right?

Things that make me push harder when I am working out:

Biggest Loser. I started watching the show from season one on Netflix. I have only been watching the show for a couple of years and it is crazy to watch episodes from way back in the beginning (2004). I love watching people push themselves so hard. I hope you don't think I am weird for saying this, but when I see an athlete (or me for that matter) dripping with sweat after a workout, I get excited. No joke.
Or maybe it is just Dolvet sweaty that gets me excited!
In a related motivator, I love watching marathons. Live. On TV. Does not matter.

Biggest Loser Marathon
Other motivators for race day include:
  • Music. I was thinking of saving my ipod for mile 10 to the finish. It will be a reward/pick me up when things get rough.
  • HM. I am excited to see the sign he is making for me (mile 6) and I am also motivated to run fast because I want him to be proud of my finish time.
  • Pictures. Looking athletic in pictures is a HUGE motivator. I know what is important, huh?
  • Oprah. Yeah her. She ran a 4 hour 29 minute marathon, which comes out to a 10:16 pace. I need at least a 9:55 pace to reach my goal. 10:16 would still give me a PR, but who wants to tie with Oprah. Not me.
  • Brunch. Afterwards, I plan to enjoy the most epic of meals!
  • Sweets. That's right sweets. You motivate me and I have already posted my goal all over the internet so I better pick it up!
Today I will be drinking a ton of water. I also plan to be in bed by 9pm reading....hopefully asleep shortly thereafter. Not to worry though, I will post one last time and let you know what I plan on wearing race day and my specific game plan.
SLC Half 2011
I am getting pumped!!!!!!


  1. Eeeek! Good luck, girl! All your hard work is about to feel SO good tomorrow!

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