Tomorrow I’ll be running my 5th half marathon, my 3rd in about a month and a half. I can’t say I feel totally prepared for it. Yes, I know I’ll finish (hopefully without a problem) because I have the fitness under my belt. However, I haven’t gotten in a long run since 5/9 (13 miles) and that makes me nervous. I spent most of the week not really looking forward to it, until I remembered that I was asked to be on Team Mighty Matthew.
Matthew is a young boy from my area in NY with Mitochondrial disease, and many other related health problems. Before learning about him, I never even knew what Mitochondrial disease was. I’ve been reading his mother’s blog where she posts about his family’s journey, and it made me so happy that I was asked to run with this group by some ladies from my Saturday runs at Fleet Feet.
Throughout everything, Matthew seems to be so spirited and positive. He is an inspiring young man and I can’t wait to run for him on Sunday. Whenever I get tired or start to slow, I’ll think of how if he can fight every day, and deal with all of the medicines and surgeries, I can deal with 13.1 potentially rainy miles.
So while I had originally thought I was going to blow off making goals for the race and just do it, I’m taking the challenge in stride. I had two great halfs in April and hope to finish off my little half marathon streak in style!
Goal A: 2:11 (10:00 pace)
Goal B: sub 2:15
Goal C: PR (Sub 2:15:35)
I can’t wait to share with you all how this goes, as well as what I’ll be working towards after this race!