Use your time investing in the things you love. That means less TV, less Facebook news feed, even less tumblr.
This was a different experience. The first time I flew less than 24 hours before running, starting at night (22:30), and racing in cold weather (6 degrees Celsius and windy). Here’s a gorgeous aerial photo of the types of views I had:
I arrived at 11:00am and since I wanted to save my legs, my friend Scott and I lounged around all day. This turned out to be wonderful and needed, so I took naps, watched news and TV, and watched the World Cup while first Scott warmed up and then myself. We got a smidge of sun during the day, so we imagined what it would be like to have it at midnight!
I started to get nervous right before the race - it has been two years since my last half marathon, and my training these last few weeks have been off with turning in my thesis and starting work. I had not run in the previous six days before the race!! Thankfully SATS (a Norwegian gym) had a dancey, fun warm up and that cooled my nerves. The picture below is not mine, and it is of the marathoners, but this is where we started as well.
I fulfilled both goals of mine, the achievable and the hopeful: I ran the whole time and I ran under two hours! Here are my results:
My biggest weakness while training was too much, too soon. So I took the first kilometers slowly, plus there was a lot of traffic leaving the city. I checked my watch and saw I had been running for 20 minutes, and felt warmed up - but what was my mileage? I saw a sign saying 7km, and thought, “wow this is going fast!”. I remembered after a little more time that the signs were counting down, and that sign was for the 10km race earlier. I saw another sign for 17km, and then got a better sense of my pace.
The scenery was magnificent. It looked like the end of the world, and since I was running on a flat road I could afford to look around. Other cliff notes:
Thank you happyhealthycook for mentioning the book Running with the Mind of Meditation. Although I just started reading it, when things were getting tough, I thought about my breath, the way my body was working towards my goal, and that I could do it. My meditative mindset got me through the race.
I am proud that I pushed myself the last five kilometers, and achieved my goal, finishing in 1:59:31. I hobbled to the hotel after, and instead of a midnight sun we got midnight light. This photo was taken near 1:00am!
My bed felt wonderful. The next day my knees hurt badly but I managed to walk to the Arctic church.
All in all I wish I had trained better and more for it, but it was a great feeling being around so many other runners who had trained hard for the same goal. My next race will be a trial or maybe even a mountain run!?