Race day tomorrow

bhamla saad nike women half marathon 2011

I’m sitting in a hotel room and looking at the race course for tomorrow. It has three hills of 300 ft elevation each. I’m not a big fan of hills. I ran the Nike half marathon two weeks back and almost died on the 600 ft hills. Sigh.

The thing is this.

It’s almost the end of 2011 and I had set a goal of running two half-marathons under 1:30:00 earlier in the year. I trained well, but not hard enough. As a result, I failed my Nike half in 1:53:39.

Now, as I sit here, wondering what I should do tomorrow, I have two options. One is, I can take it easy. Run without a watch. Enjoy the race. Not worry about time.

The second option is to push myself. It’s physically impossible for me to do 1:30:00. That would mean 7 min miles. But I think I can do 1:45:00. That would mean 8 min miles. That would mean, I keep on my watch and look at it as I pass every mile marker and make sure I’m on track.

All right world.

Its been a shitty two weeks. Its time to stop feeling sorry for myself and try hard tomorrow. I think if I push myself hard enough, I can do his.

Bring ittt onn!

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3 Responses to “Race day tomorrow”

  1. Rohan Mehta October 30, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    There’s a third option….Go without a watch and push yourself till you finish the race…It does 2 things: 
    1. You will never in the race think of giving up ‘cos you would never figure out you are behind time incase you are 
    2. You might do it well within 1.30 ‘cos you don’t even know how fast you are..!!

    Works at times..Be it running or anything else…The sheer passion of finishing something without any means to track the progress often brings out  the best out of fear.

    • Saad Bhamla October 30, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      Hmm. From my experience, that only works in specific cases like, if I am used to running 6 miles everyday and then I have a 10k race, I may set a PR. But things fall apart when you’re running 13.1 miles. 

      Plus, I believe that the more information I have, the less stress I have. The less you know, the more you fear the unknown. Again, this is just my experience. 
      Also, I did 1:43:22 🙂
      I calculated everything – did negative splits for the first 6 miles and pushed myself after mile 9.
      Strategy usually helps in the long run 🙂

      Point Pace
      START —
      5K 08:08
      10K 08:05
      10M 07:58
      FINISH 07:23

      Avg. Pace 07:54

      • Rohan Mehta November 1, 2011 at 9:30 am #

        Ahh..!! Nice..!!