I cannot believe that the Philadelphia Half Marathon is next weekend! I am really excited, but I am also nervous, since this is my first half marathon. I do feel prepared, though. My biggest concern is getting to the actual race with all the tons of other people!
Today, I took a moment to reflect on how far I have come. The graph above is for my running this past year. Since I started training for the half marathon in August, I have really stepped up my running. You can see that I basically doubled how much I was running each month! I am so pleased with the progress I have made. It has been a journey of self transformation, and I have loved almost every minute of it. I have learned so much about myself and what I can achieve when I set my mind to it.
Thank goodness for my running club! There are so many details to getting ready for a big race that I didn’t know about! This past week, I went to Goodwill and picked out a nice jacket to use as my “throw-away” clothing. I figured I could spare $2, especially since it would go to charity afterwards! I really do not like being cold, so I think this will work out nicely!
After a lot of debating about how to get to the race, I have decided to have my boyfriend drop me off. I thought about using the public transit, but it requires making connections and walking. I am not familiar enough with the system to want to do that much on race day; too much room for error. Most of the people in my running group said it is easier and less stressful to have someone else drop you off. Let them worry about parking! Sounds good to me.
I have picked out my race day outfit and what I am going to eat for breakfast. I think I am as prepared as I can be. Hopefully the weather cooperates! Now, I think the only thing left is to just enjoy the experience!
Do you have any race day tips?