Well, it’s finally here – well almost. This weekend I will be running my first half marathon. Sunday morning at 8 a.m. racer number 9661 will run the Dallas White Rock Marathon. It just hit me today that the race is almost here. For the past week and a half I have been battling a horrible cough, this has been the first time I have actually been sick in over a year and a half (since going vegetarian).
Today was the first day I felt truly well enough to run, and seeing as how it was the last possible day for me to get training in before the marathon I decided to go for it. I ran a fast 4.4 miles in 8:54 (RunKeeper data here), which included a lot of walking through one stretch when I was getting a side cramp. I was happy though that my final run before the race was pretty strong. I feel confident I will meet my goal time of two hours. I may even beat it!
As you can see from the map above the half marathon route actually goes nowhere near White Rock Lake. Only the full marathon circles the lake now. Sometime in the past few years the route was change when the numbers grew too big and the start was moved to Downtown Dallas. Despite the fact the half will not be going around the lake I am excited about the route. The elevation profile shows the first half to be a gradual uphill and the second half to be all downhill – that, I am excited about!
I also recently discovered the Marathon is offering Participant Tracking. Just follow the link and enter in your cell phone number to get text message updates on my progress along the course. At several checkpoints a text message will be sent updating you with my time, mile and pace. A final text will be sent at the finish line.
So, for the next few days I will be taking things easy, getting sleep, drinking lots of water and eating lots of raw foods. I’m getting even more psyched about the race just typing up this post. But, I’m not sure what I am looking forward to most; running the race or eating as much food as I want after the race! I will be sure to post a race recap as soon as I have the energy to.
Be sure to click the link above and register for Participant Tracking so you can follow my progress. Just wish I could set it to tweet my updates