Happy Easter weekend y’all! The older I get the more and more I realize that Easter’s not just about colorful eggs and tons of candy. Easter weekend is the cornerstone of my faith; a reminder of the price that was paid for my salvation. The hubs and I are pretty low key people so we usually just spend Sunday relaxing with each other. Now tomorrow, that’s a different story.
Tomorrow I’ll be running my next 1/2 marathon – yay! It’s just a little bitty race but I think it’s still going to be fun. Smaller races usually pay extra special attention to their runners. Which I likey very much.
Initially, I had a hard time getting excited for this race. Running the marathon 4 weeks ago and then getting very sick on top of it really took the wind out of my running sails. Up until yesterday, I’ve had a take it or leave attitude towards this race.
I was curious though, just where did this funk come from? I’ve ran races sick before and I’ve ran races back to back so I knew I couldn’t really blame it on either of those reasons. After thinking about it for a little bit, I realized that this is the first major race that won’t I PR (set a personal record) at in over a year.
When I registered I told myself that this race was about having fun and not trying to outdo myself but apparently I didn’t internalize it. What makes it even worse is that I feel totally hypocritical. I’ve always been the one to tell people that it doesn’t matter if you PR or not, it just matters if you have fun. Pot meet kettle. Now stop calling it black.
After I realized I was self-sabotaging, it was pretty easy to correct that problem. I’ve owned up to the fact that I’ve let my speed slip since the marathon and I am not capable of setting a PR, nor am I even going to try. Instead, I’m going to take the opportunity to bask in this race. I am going to enjoy the scenery. I’m going to have impromptu photo stops if I want them. I am going to high five every poor soul that puts their hand out – and I may even come back for seconds. Why not??
So now that I’ve decided all of that, I am actually really looking forward to tomorrow! It’s funny how such a simple change can have a huge difference. The only stipulation that I put on myself is that this race won’t be my slowest 1/2 which is currently 2:18 (10:35 pace).
Tomorrow’s race course boasts beautiful views and it will also pass us by many of the site locations from blockbuster movie The Help. Yep, that’s right, The Help was filmed in this town. That’s pretty cool.
Other things that I’m looking forward to with this race is the *free* make your own trail mix bar they have for runners and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. I’ve never been to a race expo that serves hors d’oeuvres. Plus I’m going with one of my lovely running girls! ❤
All-in-all, it’s going to be a good time. There will be other PRs in the future but I’m ok with this race not being one of them.
Question: Is it all about the PR for you or are you ok with a more relaxed race? Do you have any Easter plans?