Well, today was the Val Nolasco Half Marathon here in Honolulu. Coming off a cold that limited my training days I was a little concerned about how I would do, but I did a good job of eating, drinking and stretching in the days before and felt pretty good.
I got to the race right on time and promptly locked my keys in the truck. Hmmm. Nothing I could do about it then, so I cruised over to the area where our group was meeting, hooked up with my friends, did some stretching, little last-minute pep talk from our coach Brian Clarke, then it was time to line up for the start.
True to our plan we started off slow and just cruised. And cruised and cruised and cruised. Each mile we were slightly faster than the last and 3 hours later we had finished, feeling very strong. Great race. I felt like I could have done another 5 or 6 miles with no problem. In fact, this was about as strong as I can remember feeling in a race this long.
The marathon is just 5 weeks away so that’s what we have our sights on now.