Yesterday morning, not yet realizing that it was the one year anniversary of the terrible Boston Marathon bombing tragedy, I took the plunge and officially registered for the twelfth presentation of the Big Sur Half Marathon, which will take place on Sunday, November 16th, 2014. Big Sur Half Marathon Yikes, I am committed now.
My plan is to race in the walking category (actually, there doesn't appear to be a walking category in this particular race, however some races do have walking categories, in which it is expressly forbidden to jog or run at any point during the race, out of fairness to other competitive walkers), but in order to receive an official finish time and finish medallion, I must finish the race in 3 hours and 30 minutes, or a 16-minute pace. I currently walk 5 miles at about a 14:15 minute pace. I've read about a formula for extrapolating my pace at my typical distance into a half marathon pace and distance. It takes into accounts a number of factors, including the air temperature on race day. At this point I'm not sure I can maintain a 16-minute/mile pace. I may have to jog/walk it. My left knee will likely complain about that, but I'd really like to receive an "official" finish time.
I meet with a trainer next week. In the meantime, wish me luck.
Here are some bumper stickers that I've recently noticed.
What's most on my mind this week:
Go Boston. You've Stayed Strong. Continue to be Strong!