Now that I'm back in NZ (yay!) and the days are long and sunny, it's time to begin the season! First off, given that I've just started working with a new coach, I'm throwing myself into a half-marathon on November 18th down in Southland. Just to see where I'm at... what kind of run fitness I have (if any) and how I can improve. In my most recent half-ironman, I ran a 1:47:00, so I'm aiming for AT LEAST sub 1:45. Well, I'm really aiming to just run as hard as possible, avoid puking but also avoid cruising.
It's a point to point course starting in Waianiwa and ending in Invercargill. It looks like 133 people have entered. There's a net loss of about 50m elevation (practically nothing), and it looks flat to maybe some bumps; and perhaps either a mistake in plotting or a bitch of a spiky hill near the end? Course map and profile!
What this really means is ROAD TRIP!!!! My partner and I and our two dogs are driving down Friday night, camping, cruising around the Catlins, going for a wee hike and a swim on Saturday and then I'm racing Sunday.
I'm nervous as I haven't run a stand-alone run race in a while, but I'm also oddly excited because... well... it's racing, let's see how much I can increase the suffering per km run. Predict my time and whoever is closest wins... MY LOVE AND ADMIRATION!! I'm going to guess as well.