Tomorrow I head to Las Vegas for my annual girls weekend to run the half marathon. This will be the 3rd year for me and I think the 5th year for my friends. It is always a blast, both the running part and the going out in Vegas part.
I went to look for photos from the previous trips, but then I remembered the Vegas code and left them alone. Plus, I didn’t even get any photos from last year and the photos from 2 years ago I was making disgusting faces.
But I did look up photos from the actual race and found I only made a disgusting face in 2011. In 2010 I don’t know what I was trying to do, raise the roof? Double wave? Either way, I was telling you to “Relax.”
The Las Vegas half has treated me right the last few years as I got a PR both times. Its a pancake flat course, has very few turns, and a great atmosphere. When I signed up for this 10 months ago, I was planning on trying to break 1:30 this year.
Then NYC was canceled and I had to push back my marathon 2 weeks and the replacement marathon shredded my leg muscles. Two weeks later and I am still not fully recovered. In fact, I have only ran 3 times in the last 2 weeks and felt like by legs were giant worthless turds.
Needless to say, I don’t think I will be able to break 1:30, or even run a PR, or even run at a 8:00 pace. In fact, I’ll be happy to finish. So Sunday’s race is most likely going to be a fun run to take in the sights…
But I know when I toe the start line my competitive side is going to want to push my legs to that sub-7:00 pace. And this is where I need to be smart…I should not run this race fast and risk injuring myself. So to make sure I feel extra terrible Sunday, I plan on not holding back Saturday night and will drink most everything in sight. This will ensure I am extra hungover and will be unable to push my legs even if I wanted to.
Best. Race. Plan. Ever.