According the Hal "The Hammer" Higdon's plan, (who shall, from here on out, be called as such) I was to run 3 miles. The only glitch with that was the fact that my Garmin conked out .25 miles into the run (low battery). Sooo.....I estimated the time and logged it accordingly. According to my calculations, I ran it in 20 minutes. Impressive!
I've set some goals for myself during this whole process:
- Sign up for the race. That'd be a good idea, huh? This sounds like a pretty easy goal, but I usually wait until the last possible minute to register. I'm waiting till the end of July to see how dedicated I actually am.
- Be injury-free at the starting line. OK, at least a major injury. My IT band is my main concern. With this many miles, though, I'm hoping that I can be smarter and more patient than previous races.
- Finish. I don't care about my time. I really don't. But, if someone held a proverbial gun to my head, any time that hovers around 4 hours would be gravy.
- Have fun. Too many times, I don't see the forest for the trees. Have fun during the whole process. "Not the victory, but the action. Not the goal, but the game. In the deed, the glory."*
- Run 4 times per week. No exceptions, no excuses.
- Don't miss the long run. If I can't adhere to #5. You know, just in case.
- Cross train, cross train, cross train. That way I won't get bored and it should help me be injury free.
On October 20th, let's see how we do.
*Pretty deep, huh? It's inscribed on the southwest corner outside Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. GO BIG RED!