I'm going to get eight hours of sleep every night. And, most importantly, I'm not going to forget that my number one goal is to have fun. I have had a bad attitude about this race over the past couple of weeks. My training was sidelined from a long cold and I became frustrated with the realization that I just didn't care that much about this race. My focus was on the bigger bike ride looming a few months after and, knowing that was my number one priority, this race started to feel like a hassle. But that is silly.
I was in a weird place, having wanted to race this and get a kick-ass time, and then realizing that this actually wasn't my number one focus for the spring. But I've come to the realization that I have my whole life to run and I don't need to finish this in 1:50 or 1:48 or even 1:52. Those would all be ideal finish times and I do still think, on a good day, that I'm capable of accomplishing them. But my training has not bean ideal over the past six weeks so I know that I may run more slowly and I am ok with that. My final goal for Saturday, I've decided, is just to PR (beat 1:58:43) and my ultimate goal is to not get hurt and sideline myself before this summer.
Here's to a week of positive thinking with more healthy eating, more smart training, and more blogging than the last! I've missed you all dearly!