It’s my Summer Half Race Week and I have no idea what’s coming my way. Training has been going well but I’m only in my base phase so I haven’t logged many race pace miles. Definitely not anything over five in a row. While I won’t be looking to PR or even come close, I am expecting to out do last years summer half, Rock n Roll Chicago, which wasn’t pretty. The weather was warm and humid, the course threw me a big curve towards the end and I hadn’t tapered at all.
That’s how I know my 2016 Summer Half will be different. It’s off to Minnesota for the Red, White and Boom Half Marathon in Minneapolis with a better attitude on hopefully fresher legs and ‘a here goes nothing, let’s just get some miles in’ approach. It will be state #20 and half number five for this year. Since the race is next Monday I planned a down week for this week (25 miles) so I could kick off next week’s heavy training load with a nice long run to get a bunch of miles checked off. That means I’ll be toeing the line after a seven day ‘taper’ and should signal a decent performance.
That is, of course, assuming the weather is friendly. Humidity won’t serve me well and after three straight days of travel before race morning (five in the car Friday to Philly for a baseball game, five in the car Saturday home, an early flight Sunday), I hope I’ll be hydrated and rested enough to give my summer half the best I can. No matter what, this race will be a good test of where my training is and needs to go moving towards my goal races in the fall.
Do you have a favorite summer half marathon? Which one and why?