I registered for the Space Coast Half back in April. If I recall correctly, I signed up for this half marathon before I even signed up for my first 5K. I was lured by the bling and it kind of made my commitment to running real.
My tendency is to register early. For one thing, a lot of the races I want to do fill up early. There is also a cost savings to signing up early, which can be nice.
The downside to signing up so far in advance, is twofold. For one thing, I give myself months and months to agonize and obsesses and overanalyze, which inevitably leads to me psyching myself out. For another, anything can happen: sickness, injury, a change of schedule that can’t be ignored.
You’re at the mercy of a lot of unknowns.
Which is why, with two days to go, when everything was going beautifully, I find myself nursing a small injury. In a completely no-running, skinny-jean-related, freak accident, I ripped about half of my left big toenail off. I’m not going to post a picture, but there is blood, and it hurts like hell. I’m praying that by Sunday morning, the quick is a little healed over, but I am cringing at the thought of running 13.1 miles with my toes jamming up against the box of my shoes.
It is what it is. I’m going to do my best to get it as healed as possible and hopefully, everything will be fine, but my excitement balloon is definitely a little deflated. I really wanted to go into this race at my very best, but the stars are not aligning in that direction.
No matter what, I just have to get out there and do my best. One way or the other, I’m going to finish. Maybe not as fast as I was planning, but I will finish.
I am not sure if I should set a goal right now. Originally, my thought was anything under 3 hours, with 2:45 being the aim and 2:30 being the dream. I hate putting that in writing at this very moment, because I’m feeling discouraged, but maybe having it in black and white will help me on race day.
We leave tomorrow and toenail or no toenail, this is what I’ve been training for from the start! Wish me luck!