There is now less than 2 months until my half marathon (eek!). If I were to stop training right now, I’d still be more prepared than I was for my first half nearly a year and a half ago (sad but true). I’m already thinking about the day even though it’s still pretty far away. Part of the reason is that out of the 5k, 10k, 3 relay teams and half mary that I’ve done, I’ve been calm and collected prior to zero of them. I get very nervous and often can’t even choke down any food beforehand. I’m not sure why, it’s a mental battle that I tend to lose control over.
This time, I’m hoping for thing to be different. I’m not as focused on my pace as I usually am (see my post on running intuitively for my reasons why), and I’m pretty sure that I will not finish last but rather somewhere in the middle.
But I still feel the need to do some visualizing ahead of time to get myself mentally prepared because mental prep is just as important as physical prep in any type of endurance sport.
I have a goal time in mind that I would like to achieve but I’ve decided (for now) to keep that to myself because I don’t want to add any pressure to finish in any set time. I’ve also resolved to (try) not look at my pace during the race but rather, do what I’ve been doing and follow my body through the 13.1. So then how do I plan to aim for a goal time if I’m not going to be paying attention to my time while running?
I’m considering following a bunny. The pace bunny that is.
For those that may not know, a pace bunny is a runner who graciously volunteers (usually in exchange for free entry into the race) to run at a certain pace in order that other runners who have goal finishes in mind can run at the right pace. Typically (depending on the size of the event) there are bunnies for every 15 minutes or so past the 2 hour mark for a half. I’ve seen them at nearly every race I’ve run but have never actually followed one before. I realize that this could either work very well or could be an epic failure, which is why I’m going to put it out there to you guys: Have you ever run with a pace bunny or as a pace bunny in a race? What was your experience?
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