Sunday is race day!
Dang. Haven't said that in awhile.
This race will mark a lot of firsts for me. It'll be my first non-cancelled in-person race in a post-COVID world, for starters. It will also, believe it or not, be my first half marathon since 2018 - due to some life changes, I only ran two races last year, both of them marathons. And it'll be the first time running the Battleship Half Marathon!
I am, as anyone who knows me might expect, equal parts anxious and excited - although I must admit, anxiety is pulling more weight than usual. 😅
I'm a little nervous about the COVID aspect, of course, but the race organizers are doing a great job communicating all the precautions we'll be taking (I talked discussed this in more detail in an earlier post). They even made us a little video.
Side note: in the video they pulled out these authenticated American flags that had flown over the USS North Carolina, and I was thinking to myself, hmm, depending on how much they are, that might make a good Christmas present for my dad. Only to have them say they were only for the first place finishers of each race. So, I'm DEFINITELY not getting my hands on one. 🤣
I'm more nervous about what the COVID precautions will mean about race day logistics - getting to the race on time and in good shape is always the scariest part for me. And since you're not allowed to show up to the course start any earlier than 15 minutes before your wave, my usual anxiety-calming technique of showing up crazy early won't cut it!
In the end, though, I'm gonna have to trust that's gonna be okay - because I'm excited to RACE! I even have an ambitious A goal: a sub-two hour half. Now, I'm not pinning my hopes on that, for a wide variety of reasons, but I've had some pretty good training runs and depending on how the day and the course shake out, I think it's within the realm of possibility. Beyond that, though, I really just want a decent time to submit for my Rival Run corral placement.
Okay, kids - I'll see you on the other side of the weekend, hopefully with a triumphant story to tell!
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