Almost there

Well, we’re less than two weeks away from the 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon. Pollen and molds and who-knows-what-other allergens have been in full swing here in the Ohio Valley, and the last two weeks have wreaked havoc on my sinuses. Throw in a busy crazy work schedule, and I haven’t been keeping up with short runs. At all.

Looks like South Dakota sucks worse than here.

I’m determined not to miss a single run from now until the race. I might even get crazy and throw in an extra short run or two. My running group has been on the taper portion of our training, and it still amazes me that just a few short months ago what we considered to be an impossibly long run is now a short jaunt. I guess it just proves that running really is 90% mental.

I haven’t given myself a time goal for the race yet. I think I’d like to do it in 2:15:00. According to the finish time calculator from Runner’s World, based on my Papa John’s 10 Miler time, I should finish the mini in 2:10:52. I feel like my fitness has gone down since then (given my lack of short runs and the allergy situation). So, I’m still trying to figure all that out.

The mini features an extremely flat course. In fact, the elevation chart shows a difference of just 51 feet through the whole route. I’ve run parts of the course a number of times now, so I should know what to expect. I don’t know if that’s a pro or a con.

No hills. I'll take that.

At any rate, I’m pretty excited about earning my first medal. I’ve already gotten a taste of the race experience, and I’m pretty hooked. I even went ahead and registered for the Hell or High Water 10K in Nashville on May 19th. And I might look for a race before that on the 12th. (There’s no racing anywhere near here on May 5th because it’s Derby Day!)

That’s all I got for now. Until next time, keep running, friends.

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