Halloween Race Bling today!!!

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I just rocked my final Half Marathon of 2013.

I finished 18th out of 273 Overall.

I finished 18th male.  No females beat me!  Fancy that!

I finished 5th out of 31 in my Age Group.

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The most thrilling part of all, is that this is a very hilly, tough course.  I managed (oh yeah), today, to run my fastest Half of the 2013, and on my 9th one this year.  I finished in 1:39:00 flat!!!!!!!  That is my third fastest Half to date, so I am ecstatic about it.  I maintained a pace of 7:30 or under all the way up to a gigantic hill at mile 8.

So, I am just thrilled today with how the race went.  I am right on track for two marathons over the next three weeks.  I would say that I am as ready as I can be.

Hey, what do you think of the Halloween coffin medal I got at the finish?  It’s hinged, and opens to reveal a skeleton.  Run in Peace, instead of Rest in Peace.  Pretty slick!

Race Jitters

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How do you deal with nerves leading up to a big event?

Do you bite your nails?  Drink?

Well, I don’t do ether of those, so I guess I will just have to calm the jitters by being prepared, and reaffirming myself that race day is going to go well.

With less than two weeks to go, the nerves are starting to come on strong.  You would think that I would be used to this by now.  After all, this is my 6th Marathon.  Running 26.2 miles is just such a big deal, that I don’t know that I will ever get used to the nervousness that comes along with it.  I’ve got 12 days to go, twelve days to reassure myself, and try to feel good about my preparedness for race day.  When you set big goals for yourself, you are bound to be nervous about the accomplishment of those goals.  I guess it’s only natural.

I just have to take care of myself, physically and mentally to arrive at the starting line in the best shape that I can be.

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How do you deal with nervous energy?

Running is……

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The open road

For me running is many things.  Thinking about how running has changed my life, I wanted to put together a list, a personal reflection, if you will, on what running means to me.  Yes, it is all very personal, so feel free to comment on what running means to you!

Running is….

Freedom

Solitude

Beauty

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Running is….

Exhilarating

Healthy

Fun

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Running is…

Therapeutic

Graceful

Powerful

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Running is…

Energetic

Peaceful

Awarding