If you read yesterday’s 15 in 2015 update, then you know that on Saturday I’ll be heading to the start line of my last race of the year – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia. Those of you who are regular readers know that my training over the past 7.5 weeks has been a bit of a roller coaster – some weeks very successful and productive and other weeks have been a bit of a struggle. I’m of course happy to still be moving at just shy of 32 weeks pregnant, and know that doing so is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Because my training has been all over the place, and its hard to predict from one day to the next how much round ligament I’ll have, I have only one goal for Saturday’s race: to cross the finish line.
My current plan is to run 3 miles of the race and walk the rest. I’m debating breaking up the miles that I run, so that I don’t exhaust myself in the first three miles of the race. For the miles that I do run, I’ll be utilizing very short run-walk intervals – 1:15 min run/0:45 walk. But if for whatever reason I don’t feel great running on Saturday, I have no problem changing my approach and walking more of the race than I currently plan to.
I’m not putting the pressure of a time goal on myself for this race, partly because I have no idea how many porta potty stops I’ll have to make, but more importantly, because I want to go into this race as stress free as possible. Simply crossing the finish line of a half marathon at 32 weeks pregnant will be an incredible accomplishment.
I’m doing the best I can to rest up this week, in anticipation of toeing the start line in Philly in just three short days.
QOTD: Have you ever run a race where your one and only goal was to cross the finish line?