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It’s race weekend!

Man, that one came up fast!  Well, actually, how is it August?  ๐Ÿ˜›

It’s time to head on up to Salinas and meander my way through back roads enjoying the sites of crops, check another Mission off the list, and enjoy half marathon #27 in Steinbeck country.

My training has been ummm, a little absent this month.  With work going through a conversion, I tried but my running took a hit.   As did my sleeping.

So with that in mind, I have zero goals for this weekend other than to have a good time.  I plan to just go out there and enjoy the views and the course.   I know I will be slower than normal and that’s fine.  More time to enjoy the course, right?   I here there’s a great BBQ at the finish- I think I’ll finish just around the time a BBQ craving hits.  ๐Ÿ˜›

I am hoping this odd heat wave with mugginess breaks though.   The weather stalking has commenced and right now it’s looking like a warm morning.   I will be drinking lots of water.

What are you do this weekend?



Race Day, Run!, Slacker

Ventura Goals

My next half is only 2 sleeps away!ย  I am leaving for Ventura tomorrow morning.ย  Half marathon #9 is on Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sounds good!
Sounds good!

With my recent rough patch, I have readjusted my goals for this race.ย  When I first signed up back in June I was hoping that the flat course would help with my goal of breaking 2:00 for a half marathon.ย ย  While that would be amazing, I don’t feel I am in the position to do that right now.ย  Frankly, I don’t think I should even try.ย ย ย  So in an effort to be smart, I have a new goal this weekend- have fun.ย ย  Plus this will be a race weekend of firsts-

  • First race I travel to

  • First race out of the county

  • First time sleeping in a hotel in I have no idea how long

  • First time eating dinner somewhere random pre race?

I am heading down tomorrow morning and dragging my mother along with me.ย ย  We are planning on getting in some shopping at the mall before picking up my packet and checking into the hotel.ย ย ย  I also don’t remember the last time I was in a mall.ย ย  With those plans I will be breaking quite a few pre-race rules.ย ย  Which helps the choice to just have fun.ย  Now I would like to have fun and still be around 2:10 but it will all depend on how I feel.ย ย  I ran that in SLO with hills, so fingers crossed.

I got off a few hours early today so I had plenty of time to pack.ย  Packing is stressful!ย  I am only going for 2 days/ 1 night and I feel like I am both packing too much and not enough.ย ย ย  I have had my race outfit planned for a while but am still taking extra shorts and compression socks.ย  Maybe I will change my mind?ย  Who knows.ย ย  I am looking forward to hitting the expo too.ย  The race sounds like one giant beach party, so yay!Ventura beach party

I also updated my playlist.ย  I am in weird mood, so it is kind of all over the place.ย  Some good stuff, some bad.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย  Headphones are discouraged but I am not at the point where I can run without music.ย  The site recommends only running with one in and I already do that anyways.ย  Plus I still like hearing Mr. Nike chime in with how I am doing.ย  Yes, my Garmin buzzes but I like hearing it too.ย  I tried to take a screenshot of it, but apparently I don’t know how to get the whole thing in one image, oops.

Fingers crossed!!!!

Hope everyone had a good Friday!ย  Happy weekend!

Anyone else racing?ย ย  Any other plans?

Headphones- yay or nay?