The night before the Salt Flats ½…

So, I’m in the hotel doing final preparation for the run tomorrow.  I’m a little nervous, but I’m pretty excited too.

Here are my goals in order of importance and probability:

  1. Finish
  2. Finish with out walking. (Aid stations don’t count…)
  3. Do it in less than 3.5 hours
  4. Don’t be last

I’m confident that I can finish.  I did 23 km (about 14 miles) last Saturday.  So I’m pretty sure I can check the first one off the list.

I was able to run the entire 14 miles except for two times when I stopped to talk to people and once when I stopped to refill my water bottles.   But….  I over did it last Saturday and my left calf and right hip were more sore than normal.  They feel pretty good tonight, but I’m still a little worried.

This one might be a stretch, but I’m hopeful.  There isn’t an official time limit, but the organizer said they like to have people off the course in 3 hours.  I told him I could probably do 3.5. (Hope I wasn’t lying…)  I figure there is a chance I could make it in less than 3.5.  First, it’s the course is flat.  It could quite possibly be the flattest ½ marathon in the world.  Second, I’ve done 3 long training runs and for each of them I was fueling with an apple and water.  This is on top of doing the HCG diet.  So needless to say, my fuel wasn’t exactly up to par.  Lastly, I’ll be running around other people.  I think that just might give me the little something extra that I need to shave a little time off.

Not being last might be a bit of a challenge.  There will be 30-50 runners so the odds of me being the slowest are pretty good.  If it came down to it, I could probably out sprint someone at the end, but I don’t really want to be that guy.  (Especially if I had to out sprint my mom…)  That being said, there’s a chance there is someone that is slower than me, I’m not counting on it though!

Speaking of HCG, I have already made one goal.  I wanted to loose 50 lbs. before this run and I did.  As of this morning, I’ve lost 51 lbs. (After tonight’s buffet though, it make be an even 50…)

Bottom line is, I’m just excited to run.  This will be my first organized run and I’m really excited.  When I first heard about it, I thought: it’s flat, I’ll run as far as I can, then walk and then if I’m still not to the finish, they can come and get me…  I’m really pleased that I’ve gone from just hoping that I can finish the distance to knowing that I can and adding more goals on top of it.

Being able to run on the Salt Flats will be incredibly cool.  I don’t think I’ll set a land speed record, but who cares.  I’m running on the Salt Flats!  No matter how cool that will be though, the best part is being able to run with my mom and aunt.  So a special thanks to Heidi for telling us about this run.  If it weren’t for her, I’d be cleaning my garage this weekend.  (Any volunteers to help on Monday?) A huge thanks to my mom; If she hadn’t said let’s go for it when I mentioned becoming a Chi Running instructor, I’d still be dreaming about doing it “some day”.   Not only doing Chi Running, but doing it with my mom has be completely life changing!

I am so excited to be running again.  I owe it all to Chi Running and finally to loosing weight. I feel great physically and mentally.

Tomorrow will be great!

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