I feel guilty about this. If I were training for just myself, I'd adjust and it would be fine. But I feel so responsible for Elizabeth! I want to get her to the finish line and I want us to make it under 2:20. She is a competitive person; as a gymnast, she is used to practicing-as-you-perform hundreds of times before "game day."
|Simone Biles didn't achieve perfection by practicing 2/3 of her routine and calling it a day.|
She has completely put her trust in me and it's been a very difficult mental battle for her to let go of the idea of running the full race distance before race day. I promised her that things would be okay even with an adjusted training plan and only getting to 10 and 11 miles. After all, most half marathon training plans only go that far, anyway!
Still, I feel the burden.
Now, I know we'll make it all 13.1 miles. I honestly don't think I'll need to drop out or anything drastic like that. Mentally, I'm a little worried myself because although I got through that 10-miler two weeks out from race day, that was my last long run before the race, and I've only done eight more miles since then! But I'm trying to ooze confidence so that Elizabeth isn't worried.
|I get my best advice from cats in ties.|
The fact is, we may miss our time goal. I know no matter what, Elizabeth would rather have me avoid real injury than push through for the sake of an arbitrary goal and we'll have a blast together either way. She's still running this week so mentally, she's feeling ready to go and excited.
|Oh yes, she is kind of sure it will be fun!|
Anyway, we'll leave Saturday morning for Fort Lauderdale; the race is Sunday! Please send us all your good mojo because I could really use it!
Let me leave you with something fun. Help me pick what skirt to wear! I'll likely wear a Sub-30 tank top and I was going to wear my Lioness in Free Love, but then my new Amethyst/Sidewinder Lioness came in the mail Thursday!
|I rarely wear purple but I love this skirt and the Sidewinder print detail. I'm also wearing the new Wonder Girl tank top in these pictures.|
Wish us luck!