Tomorrow morning I will race for the last time in 2013 at the Holiday Half Marathon in North Portland. I also ran this event last year and recall it being a very wet, windy and cold morning. The extreme frigid and icy weather that we’ve been experiencing the last week or so was making very extremely nervous for the prospects of this year’s race, however, things seem to be easing up. Thank goodness! When I went for a training run last night, the 37 degree temperature felt like such a warm relief compared to the days prior!
Heading in to this last race of the year, I’m finding myself having some mixed emotions. I’ve been training consistently, and have noticed myself getting a bit faster, but I probably haven’t focused on specific training patterns as much as I should have in order to really deliver a peak performance. Due to this, my confidence in delivering a PR is not super high, though I find myself still hoping that I might be able to achieve one, nonetheless. I’ve also been having some weird pain in my left foot that I’m not super happy about. I don’t think it’s anything serious, but it feels like it needs some tending to after tomorrow’s race is said and done.
I’ve been a bit tired lately and am looking forward to finishing the season strong, and then allowing myself some more relaxed running and cross-training for a month or so to rest and recuperate from this past year. During this time I will also work on planning out my major 2014 racing events – so I’m sure I’ll be posting more about that soon. I’m excited to think about what the coming year will bring for my running.
If you’re up and about Sunday morning and think of it, please feel free to send some good running vibes my way! I’ll, of course, report back about how it goes next week.
Anyone else preparing for their final races of the year?