I almost always use the Chilly Half as my season kick-off race, and this year is no different. This weekend brings my first race of 2013. I wish I could say I was a bit more excited about it and that I had any sort of positive expectations, but I can’t. The way things have been going, this will be my slowest run at this event in years… perhaps ever. (2008 – 2:01, 2010 – 1:47, 2011 – 1:42, 2012 – 1:43) Man, I wish I could still run like that! I know I will again, but for now it is a tough pill to swallow and I am going to have to make sure my ego is not invited to join me in Burlington this Sunday.
I’ve only run 10+ miles two or three times this year, so I am approaching this race as a glorified long run in my efforts to build back my endurance. I am in no position to go out and “race” it or a crash-and-burn will be inevitable. Discipline will be key in making this successful so my goals are to run a smart and consistent race, having some fun along the way. Hopefully immersing myself in the race atmosphere again will give me a much-needed boost in motivation as well.
Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend! I hope you’re feeling a little bit more prepared than I am…