The Loudoun Half Marathon wasn’t originally on my 2017 race calendar, but after the disappointment of Rock ‘n’ Roll DC last month, and poor weather conditions making it incredibly difficult to reach my race goals, I started looking online for a redemption race. I came across the Loudoun Half Marathon, and recalled having read several positive race recaps from other bloggers. This race is put on by Potomac River Running, a local running store in the DC area. Having run several of their other races, and having had nothing but positive experiences at those races, this half marathon looked like the perfect choice for my redemption run.
I’ve been stalking the weather for the past several days, and unfortunately the weather is looking to be anything but favorable. The current forecast calls for rain and temperatures in the low 50s during the race. I’m okay with running in drizzle, but pouring rain is another story. I’m crossing my fingers that the forecast will change between now and Sunday morning. At least it doesn’t look like it’ll be freezing Sunday morning like it was last month for RnRDC.
Since this is my redemption race, I have the same goals as I did for Rock ‘n’ Roll DC:
Goal A – Finish the race in under 2:13:17 (10:10 pace)
Goal B – Finish the race in under 2:15:42 (10:22 pace), which is my current half marathon PR
Goal C – Finish the race in under 2:17:39 (10:30 pace)
Since I can’t control the weather, I’m trying to remain positive, and focus on reminding myself that I’ve put in a lot of hard work, including while on vacation last week. Here’s to hoping that race day will work out in my favor!
QOTD: Who else is racing this weekend? What race are you running?