My bags are packed and I’m ready to go! The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon is on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! I’m running on behalf of Team GORE-TEX, and I’m getting really pumped to return to Philly. This will be my first trip back to the city since I ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2012.
As I detailed in my last training update, I’ve decided to run the half instead of the marathon. But that hasn’t dampened my excitement at all. It’s funny, I’m not looking at this as a big goal race anymore–since I missed three key weeks of training and have only been back at it for two weeks. Yet I’m still getting the familiar butterflies in my stomach when I think about standing in the cold, bib pinned in place, ready to run. I love that I still get nervous with anticipation for every race. As we head into Thanksgiving, it reminds me to be grateful for every start. Especially when they look like this!
GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon Goals
So what are my goals for this race? They’re pretty simple:
1) Run as hard as I can.
I know this won’t be a PR race for me. I’m not even close to PR shape. But I still want to run the hardest race I’m able to on Sunday.
2) Finish strong
In other words: don’t crash and burn. I want to run smart: go out conservatively, hang on through the hills at Mile 8 and Mile 10, then let it rip until I cross the finish line.
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