Monday, March 28, 2011

Less than one week left!

There's less than a week until the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon.  I think I'm ready!  I was having this throbbing back-of-the-knee pain that was annoying me for a couple weeks.  It was more prominent on long runs.  When it didn't go away (and it wasn't there in a different pair of shoes that I was breaking in on short runs), I decided to switch shoes for good. 

Good thing too.  I looked at the bottoms of my shoes, and I had worn through the first layer of tread on parts of the shoes.  Also according to my tread wear pattern, I land different on my right and left.  One was worn closer to the heel.  The other was the outer sole, closer to midfoot.  Strange.  I can't remember how long I have been wearing these shoes, but I think I got them shortly after I started running back in September.  It's definitely time to retire them to walking shoes.

Last weekend's "almost" 11 mile run reinforced that the pain had something to do with the shoes.  No pain in the back of the knees in the new shoes.  Eleven is the most miles we've run so far.  I'm positive that I will be able to do a couple more miles and some change.

I think I'm ready.  I know I'm ready.  I've decided that I have a goal to finish (obviously!), but I'd also like a decent time that I can be proud of.  I'm not going to kill myself over it though.  I know I'll probably be running alone much of the time since Shane is actually trying for a particular pace that is faster than I care to run.  I'm okay with that though.  I don't mind running alone.  I'm going to try to figure out a pace that I want and then try to maintain it for the most part.  I'm questioning whether I should even run with a GPS on.  I'll just stick to a pace that I'm comfortable while running without knowing the numbers. 

Sometimes my head is my biggest enemy while running, and it might be best if I don't let it get in my way.  Next post...HALF MARATHON!!

I've got five days to decide!  What to do?  What to do?!

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