Saturday, November 9, 2013

I Am Certifiably Insane

I know my regret is going to drive me insane if I don't do this race.
I. Am. Doing. This!
Tonight I went out for a two-miler, just to test my lungs. They felt fine for having two weeks off; after the run they felt a little twitchy, but not terrible.
Amazing how a short run can strengthen your resolve.
I have wanted to do this race since last year. I planned to do it as a full, and then dealt with the miserable truth that I couldn't prepare for it like I wanted to, and backed down to the half.

And now this monster cold.

Matt went away to Alumni Weekend, thinking I wouldn't be well enough to race. Oops
I am doing this half. I am going to take it S L O W. I am going to carry my inhaler. I am going to focus on enjoying this. It will be my fourth half. It will be the first I trained for on my own. It will be completely imperfect. But if will be a milestone I have to meet.

I have to.

Matt will be out of town. I have some friends running it, but I'll have no cheerleaders at this one. This one will be me. I am ready to take on that mental challenge.

Bring it on!

ABK

16 comments:

Girl Goes Running said...

Good luck and Take it super slow and easy Ali! When I ran my marathon with a cold last year, my doctor was upset about it since it took me longer to recover.....ooops! I'm sure you know your body well enough to make this decision.

Have a great run. Can't wait to hear all about it! :)

Annie Crow said...

I will be pulling for you! And I completely understand. Take good care of yourself, not just during, but after, especially since Matt won't be around to. I'm thinking lots of hot toddys.

And on that note, I had one last night - not even a full shot of bourbon! - and it knocked me completely flat. But my throat felt better.

Courteney O said...

Good Luck....enjoy every second and take it easy...this run should be all about the experience and knowing that you can!!!!! Will be checking back later for an update!!

Liz Bierly said...

Good luck! You will do amazing :)

Kim said...

I'm guessing the race is over and done with now - I hope it went OK and that no one died!!!

Kristina @ Blog About Running said...

Whaaaaaat you ran the half today?! Way to go!!! I know you did not die since you commented on my instagram post, so that makes me really happy :) Can't wait to hear how it went!

Run like a G! said...

Was your half today?!?!?!
This was such an inspiring post Ali!!!!!
I CAN NOT WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!
I'm glad you are doing YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ali K. said...

Runners...we're the WORST at just letting ourselves heal! I took it WAY slow and am so happy I chose to do it!

Ali K. said...

It's amazing what liquor does for a sore throat. :) I am currently babying myself to death, no worries!

Ali K. said...

I definitely took it easy. I may wait to do a real recap until professional photos are up at the site, but I'm impatient!

Ali K. said...

Thanks!

Ali K. said...

Everyone is alive and well!!

Ali K. said...

haha I just had to gut it out, girl. I couldn't skip it!

Ali K. said...

Yep, it was today! I decided at like 9pm last night to run it, and did!! It was pretty rough, but I'm 100% glad I went!

NotRachem said...

Oh my gosh!! I am so glad you decided to run it! I am really late to the party and it looks like you are super glad you made that decision! We runners are nuts!

Ali K. said...

Yeah man, I embraced the insanity!