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Am I really running a half tomorrow?

Preparations are underway for the Thunder Road half marathon.

I am seriously in disbelief that I’m running a half tomorrow. I know I mentioned this in yesterday’s post but after Marine Corps, Thunder Road seemed so far away. I thought it would be easy to PR but now that’s not seeming so likely. My current half PR is from last year’s Thunder Road (1:57) and I’m still hoping to beat that but if I get out there and find that I’m not feeling it, I’m just going to refocus and have fun.

Brandon is meeting me at the finish (no matter how many races I run, I still need him there if I’m going 13.1 +) and then we’re heading to mile 24.5 to cheer with the lululemon crew. I know from experience that is a painful point in the marathon and I can’t wait to “pay it forward” and encourage all the marathoners.

I am excited to race again tomorrow but will be taking a break from training for the rest of the winter. There are other things that I would like to focus on and want to enjoy just running when I feel like it, not because I have to.

I have pretty much failed at properly fueling myself for the run – let me demonstrate.

It all started at 12:30 with my company Christmas lunch. How could I say no to a champagne cocktail?

We had an amazing lunch spread catered by The King’s Kitchen. I loaded my plate with veggies (and carbs!).

Spinach risotto, roasted carrots, mac and cheese, a divine buttery biscuit, panzanella salad and collards. I was really pleased to learn that our lunch was being catered by The King’s Kitchen – I am a big proponent of the chef behind it and the mission of the restaurant.

“The Kingโ€™s Kitchen is an outreach of Restoration Word Ministries managed by Jim Noble Restaurants that donates 100% of profits from sales to feed the poor in Charlotte, the region, and the world. Additionally, The Kingโ€™s Kitchen partners with area ministries to provide employment opportunities to Charlotteans in search of a new beginning.”

We had a huge dessert spread with various treats from all over the city. Although I was still on a sugar high from last night’s cookie exchange, I still managed to try some desserts. It was tough but necessary. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had a pumpkin bar and red velvet cake ball along with an unpictured lemon bar and a small bite of cherry cobbler. Yum, yum, yum! We had such a nice and inspiring afternoon – I am so very lucky to work with such talented and friendly people in a creative environment.

I was not really hungry for dinner tonight after my big lunch. Nothing sounded good so I ended up eating a quesadilla because I was making one for Brandon.

Not ideal for carb loading but I’m trying to keep a relaxed attitude about tomorrow’s race. I’ll have my normal peanut butter and banana toast breakfast tomorrow and be good to go. I’m also taking a GU for the course. I usually don’t take them unless I’m running over two hours but am making an exception tomorrow if I end up pushing it. I know I’ll need the extra kick to finish (especially since mile 11 is ALL uphill!). It’s a tough course!

Quick sidenote…here is our blogger group photo from the cookie exchange last night!

Top left to right: Jen, me, Andrea, Jessie, Cindi, Brittney

Time for me to get to bed. Race recap tomorrow!!!

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  • 1
    lindsay cotter December 10, 2010, 10:48 pm

    hey my best half mary was fueled with Apple Pie and ice cream. And I am lactose intolerant!! Just means, some days are better than others. Go with it,right? Have a blast tomorrow!
    Cheers,
    LC
    http://www.cottercrunch.blogspot.com

  • 2
    Andrea@Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries December 10, 2010, 11:16 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 3
    Emily December 11, 2010, 12:36 am

    Good luck tomorrow, Jen! You’ll do awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 4
    Alaina December 11, 2010, 8:13 am

    Good luck Jen!! I know you’ll kick butt ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 5
    lauren December 11, 2010, 4:14 pm

    I saw you today! Both prior to the race (really hectic, don’t you think?) and then at 24.5 – I was struggling at that point & appreciated the poster!

    • 6
      Jen December 12, 2010, 11:46 am

      Lauren – congratulations on your marathon finish. So awesome! The starting line was ridiculously crowded and stressful but overall I was happy to see so many people participating in the race! I had so much fun cheering at 24.5. That was some hill you guys had to tackle! Great job!

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