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Dreams & Such

Do you ever have dreams that pertain to happenings in your life?  I had a dream on Friday night last week about running a half marathon.  Coincidentally my half marathon is coming up in 2 weeks.  Clearly I have been thinking a lot about the race, as my mind was still thinking about it while I was sleeping. 

In the dream, I was running my “normal” pace, or what I thought was my normal pace.   I don’t remember a whole lot about the dream other than it was towards the end of the race and I really had to use the restroom.  Seems I had had too much water or didn’t take the time to go before the race.  I passed a restroom and considered stopping to use it, but decided to keep running.  I ran through a door (yeah, have no idea what that was about) and all of a sudden I was at the finish line, only there was no one else there.  No crowds, no officials, only me.  As I glanced around, I saw a race official coming towards me just as I saw another woman & a man approaching (they were also running).  The official calls out “All you have to do to ‘finish’ is tag or high-five me”.  I scrambled over to the official as I had not gotten as far as I had to let this quickly approaching woman & man beat me.  I high-fived the official and he says “YOU WON!”  What?  I won? 

Then I woke up.  Yep, that was it.  How frustrating is that?!  LOL!  Of course I start to think about the dream since I remembered it right as I awoke.  I couldn’t figure out how I could have possibly won the half marathon as I couldn’t have been running faster than a 9:30 or 9:00/mile pace.  I had to settle with the fact that I would never know how that dream was supposed to end. 

This brings me to the topic that I have been thinking about a lot lately.   How I am going to run this upcoming race.  Some days I think that I am more than prepared given I had gotten through my 20 mile training run of my full marathon training.  Other days I think that I should just run this race to run it and to have fun.  No time goals, nothing.  I only wish that my competitive self could be content with that.   While I secretly would love to break my PR from when I ran my first half in October 2009, I realize that due to my recent injuries, that may not be possible.  A good friend from high school told me last year when I was preparing for my first marathon that she often sets 3 goals when racing.  I think that is the perfect way for me to keep from being disappointed in my performance and keep from being too critical of myself. 

I have been through the VO2 Max testing and know my heart rate zones and what zones I should be in for which miles of the race.  I will evaluate how I feel at several different points during the race.  Based on how I feel will determine how I proceed.  Of course there are other factors that will play a part, too.  Weather plays a huge part – temperature and humidity can really wreck havoc on your body if they are too high. 

So, ultimately I would love to run a sub 2 hour half.  My previous PR is 2:01:22.  However, I will be thrilled to just be able to enjoy this race, the experience that I have had over the past 5 months with my friends in MIT and cross the finish line uninjured. 

How does one get to the starting line of a race ready to go?  Lots of training & preparation, that is how.  I have learned over the past 3 years that I have been running that doing anything different on race day than what you have practiced on your long runs is the worst move that you can make.  I made this mistake last year by taking my Gu/Clif Shots way too close together and suffering some pretty nasty intestinal side effects (sorry, TMI) during the latter part of my marathon.  I will not make that mistake again.  I have been practicing exactly what food will go into my body the day of (and even the day before) my race.  It started out that I began eating the same breakfast – 1 serving of Kix cereal (gluten-free) before each long run on Saturdays.  It didn’t matter whether I was running 9 miles or 15 miles, 1 serving worked for me and that is what I stuck with despite wanting to refill my bowl again on some days.  I began to add in Gu when my runs got longer than 12 miles, taking the Gu around mile 8.  I started to pay attention to what I was eating on Friday, the day before my long run.  Without really even thinking much about it, I found I was eating pretty much the same thing on that day as well and it worked, so that would now become a part of my routine as well.  I was cutting back on my large salads and adding in more carbs, in small amounts.

In addition to nutrition, I have been working diligently on my physical therapy to rehab my injuries.  Things are feeling pretty good, but I won’t lie, PT, stretching, foam rolling & icing is a lot like a part-time job.  It all comes down to this:  How bad do you really want it?  For me, running is what I do.  It is my therapy, my outlet, my place.  I don’t want that taken away from me.  Ever.  That is why I do what I do. 

I know that it will all pay off.  Smile

5 comments to Dreams & Such

  • You're playing smart Kim! I go into races with a few goals in mind as well! I never know how a race is going to play out so I don't want to get too bummed out about a situation. Good example would be last year's Columbus half. I was late due to traffic and started with the walkers. :/ Most of the time I was fighting my way through crowds just so I could run a normal pace, all dreams of a 2hour half went out the window immediately. Move on to goal two! :)

  • Sara

    Good luck! I am running a half-marthon in Ocean City, MD this Saturday and can't wait :) I'm hopeful to beat my PR, as it is a flat course. My typical pre-race food includes a LaraBar (usually cashew! haha its just tradition) and water. Be sure to let us know how it goes…I would have loved to run the half in Columbus, but it is on the day I graduate from college. I hope to catch one in the Columbus area sometime next fall if there are any! Just out of curiosity, how much do you run the last two weeks before your race? I always find it SO hard to slow down and run less miles, but have been forcing myself to do it!

  • I know you'll do great, Kim! All the best to you! :)

  • Andrea – Thanks! I hate trying to fight the crowds! You are running the 10K or the quarter for Cap City? What corral are you in?

    Sara – Good luck to you!!! I love LaraBar! I don't think I have tried a flavor that I didn't like. Cashew is a great one! I am running 16 miles this week total (long run 6 miles on Sat) and 10 miles M – Th next week 3, 3, 2, 2 and then the race on Saturday, so it will end up being 23 miles after the race is done. Cbus has a full & half marathon each fall – I believe it is October 16th this year and I hope to do the half!

    Alison – thank you!

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