I did it!
Tonight I ran 4.5 miles at my slow but steady 4-4.3 mph pace, followed by a quarter-mile cool down walk. So far, I’m feeling pretty good. Hips and hamstrings are a bit tight, but nothing a hot shower and good stretch can’t solve.
Now all that is needed to finish preparing for the Manchester Road Race, which happens a week from today, is appropriate gear. My sister and cousins are making t-shirts honoring my grandfather, but the weather is predicted to be between 31 and 48 with showers possible. I need to find my lightweight gloves and fleecy headband and get a good form-fitting long-sleeved shirt with some stretch that I can wear under the tee.
I also need to set up an appointment with the doc and get an inhaler. Outdoor runs in cold, dry weather have left me wheezing. And I probably need to make a Road Race Mix to whip out if I’m struggling to stay focused.
So far, I’m not really nervous, but I know that will change on race day. My goal: to finish it, jogging the whole way with only 1-2 minute walking breaks every mile or so. I could care less about my time. Woo-hoo!