I'm not sure about you, but I like to run an 8k or a 5k a few weeks out from running a Half. It is a good way to judge where I am physically and to get out some of my pre-race jitters. Unfortunately, do to some self-imposed travel restrictions, and some baby imposed schedule issues. I can't find a good race to run before The Tobacco Road Half Marathon on March 17th, which means that I have not run a Race since November and have only run that one since June.
I have trained and feel ready to tackle the distance, but I'm kind of afraid that I'll either flame out in the beginning of the race or run too conservatively because in an attempt to avoid going out too fast. Granted, these are the same anxieties that I usually carry into every race, but I often use my previous race as a point of reference to quell my paranoia. In this case, I am just going to have to adjust on the fly because I have no other options. One thing is for certain, the race will quickly be upon me, and I am looking forward to lacing "em up and making yet another stab at a sub 2 hour half! Sunday, I did a very icy 10 miler in Umstead park that felt awesome. I had not run in Umstead since the start of my wife's third trimester some time in August, and I had missed those damn hills in a way that I could have hardly imagined.