I am racing it!
I know that you are all very shocked. I really did give this a lot of thought. It is June and I don't do well in hot races. Does anybody? I am running the day after I fly to Maryland so the potential exists for me to dehydrated and tired. I don't have anyone to run the race with me. Then there is that little thing called hills.
However, I realized that summer has already arrived in Spring, Texas so I will be training in hot and humid conditions. It is going to be great preparation for the race. If I plan ahead, I will be hydrated and I make that flight all the time. I will be fine.
As for the hills, I actually like hill running. I really wish I had hills to run on regularly. But, I don't so I will be using my treadmill to simulate hills. I wrote up my training plan last night after consulting two prep-made generic plans and the trusty McMillan calculator. I created my own plan designed with the goal of breaking the 1:50 mark. I will be literally running my butt off five days a week for the next ten weeks. I decided to alternate hill work with progression runs every other week. Each week I will have a tempo run. Finally, each long run will contain some element of speed work.
Who knows if this plan is smart. If I need to adjust I can and will. However, if I don't challenge myself how will I ever know what I am capable of running? I refuse to be comfortable and happy with my current PR's. I believe I can run faster and now we will find out if I can.
I read a comment from Tony Robbins today on a blog and he said to Dream Big, but also to Goal Big. Work for something huge, experience pain, don't be afraid to push the boundaries, challenge yourself.
I think he is a smart man. I plan to do just that staring next Monday. Wish me luck!!