I am heading to Louisville tomorrow afternoon for my second running of the Louisville Derby Festival Mini Marathon. I want to send a special shout of well wishes to the girls I have been training with for the past four months. I have no idea if any of them ever read this, but I am so proud of them. I remember our first Saturday long run of 3 miles, and a few of the girls were like "there is no way I can run 3 miles!" But they did - and they worked up to peaking at 10 miles just a few weeks ago. Kat, Amber, Kelly, and Sarah - I am so proud of them and I know that they are going to do so well on Saturday. Just think - everyone will get a PR (personal record) in the half-marathon distance! Except for maybe me. And one of our runners, Eve, trained with us but is not going to be able to run the race since she will be out of town this weekend. She ran the 13.1 miles a few weeks ago and did an incredible job. Eve - I hope we can run a half together this fall!
My personal goal for the race is 2:05. But I will be happy finishing anywhere between 2:o5 and 2:10. After all, this is supposed to be a training run for the big show next weekend - the Flying Pig marathon in Cincinnati. I ran my last 20 miler last Sunday in 3:15:46, which I was very pleased with. My 13.1 mile split was 2:06. But running at race pace (9:30), I hope to get it down to about 2:05 for this Saturday.
Best of luck to all who are running any race this weekend - the spring racing season is upon us!