The Half Moon Bay Half Marathon is this Sunday! And I really don’t know what I think about it.
I am obviously excited about it – it’s a great course, a great town! I’ve been excited about this race for ages and ages!! The Husband is running it. Bean is coming to stay to run the Full. I have lots of friends running it and more friends coming to cheer! It’s going to be a cracker of a day! But I really don’t yet know what I’m going to try and do on Sunday!
If I’m really honest, I’m not hungry for a PR. For San Francisco 2, I was dying to get a PR. I was dreaming of the finish line. I was so motivated. And I got that PR (I ran faster than I’d dared hope). So I kind of feel like I’ve achieved my 2013 goal in this case. That’s so lazy, isn’t it!! But I don’t feel the same hunger that I did in June.
In addition, the past two weeks’ training has been less than spectacular. A good last long run at Point Pinole, then some slacking, then some ‘binge training‘. Then on Sunday I did a tempo run and hiked up and down a mountain.
So on Monday I woke up with QUADS FROM HELL. Everything hurt. But I wanted to get one last long run in – so I ran 12 miles whilst the Dude was at pre-school. Well – I started to run 12 miles. But the course I chose is SOOOO hilly, there’s barely any flat in it at all, it’s all up and down. And my quads hurt so much that it just didn’t strike me as very wise to keep trashing them At the bottom of the last (7th) and toughest hill at the end of the run, a bus pulled into the bus-stop next to me. And before I knew it, I’d hopped on and was magically carried to the top of the hill. I have NEVER taken a bus before on my run – it felt quite naughty! And quite funny.
Yesterday, Tuesday, Juli came over for a stroller run with the kids – we did a very easy 4 miles on a flat path. My quads are still killing. I have a few days for them to heal and intend to let the poor things rest!
So, bearing in mind all of the above, these are my goals for HMB.
1) Go for a PR. This race is PR perfect. If the quads feel good, it would be stupid not to run it as hard as I can!! So the goal time is 1.52.59. I think this is very unlikely. However the race is much flatter than SF2 and the weather is cooler, so it feels stupid not to push for a PR.
2) 1.55. I think this is the likely scenario. Maybe 1.55 or 1.56.
I do however to have the most possible amounts of fun this weekend! I love racing, I love the adrenaline, the buzz, the start-line energy and most of all the carb-loading. I fully intend to make the most of all of the above 🙂
To make the race more fun, I’ve done a cracking new playlist and it would be rude not to share 😉 Totally random – lots of old favourites and some top British pop (if you don’t know Girls Aloud, they do some great running songs). And the new Katie Perry, which I resisted for a long time but it’s pretty fab if I’m honest.
Cups Anna Kendrick
Barcelona Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé
Grace Kelly MIKA
Groove Is In The Heart Deee-Lite
Game of Thrones theme tune
Like a G6 Far East Movement
Livin’ On a Prayer Bon Jovi
Something Kinda Ooooh Girls Aloud
The One and Only Chesney Hawkes
Castle of Glass Linkin Park
Some Nights Fun.
Sound of the Underground Girls Aloud
Stronger Britney Spears
Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns N’ Roses
Love Machine Girls Aloud
The Edge of Glory Lady GaGa
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen
People Like Us Kelly Clarkson
Lose My Breath Destiny’s Child
Roar Katy Perry
Till I Collapse Eminem
Bad Romance Lady GaGa
Push It Salt-n-Pepa
Don’t Stop the Music Rihanna
In the End Linkin Park
Like a Prayer Madonna
Right Here, Right Now Fatboy Slim