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Saturday, February 20, 2010

A1A Expo and Race Intentions

This morning, Norah and I attended the expo for the A1A HM, and Norah got asked about half a dozen times if she was "running the half or the full?" Cute the first time, but after that, a bit annoying. (It's like the same question Jerry gets asked. every. single. time. he's in the grocery store with her: "What aisle did you get her in?" BTW, his answer? "Clearance.")

I didn't browse much at the expo since I had Norah with me; it was mostly an in-and-out affair, but I did pick myself up a pair of Rider Sandals; I've been eyeballing the pink pair for awhile and decided to go ahead and get them for myself today. I think they'll be comfy for after the race tomorrow.

Which brings me to my race goals:

Pie in the sky goal: A new PR. The time to beat? 2:09:45. If it's possible for me right now, it would be on this course which is where I earned that present PR. A1A is flat, an easy out-and-back route, and relatively small (less than 5,000 runners). All elements conducive to my kind of running. Also, we've been blessed with another cool spell here lately and race temps tomorrow morning will be in the low 50s at the start. About 30 degrees cooler than 3 weeks ago at Miami.

Realistic goal: A 2:15 finish. This was my predicted time when I registered. It would be a course WR for me, but I'd still be pleased with it. Especially after being sick all this past week. I haven't run since Monday, and the illness certainly dehydrated me. I have made a concerted effort to re-hydrate and re-fuel, but illnees just prior to an event such as this can certainly take its toll on the body and its abilities.

Bottom line goal: Finish with a smile. A1A is a favorite of mine: I like the course, the finish on the beach, the small(ish) crowd, and the relative proximity to my home. So, if I fall short of all time goals, I am still expecting to have a nice, beach-side 13.1 tomorrow morning and if that doesn't put a smile on a girl's face, I don't know what does.

27 comments:

Kelly said...

Have fun tomorrow!

d.a.r. said...

Good luck and have fun!!!

Heather @ Side of Sneakers said...

Good luck and have fun!! You'll do great!

Sarah said...

Good luck! I have never heard of those sandals before. I checked out their website and the look cute. I would love to hear which ones you got and what you think of them. :)

GeorgiaSnail said...

Have a great race tomorrow!!!

inmytummy said...

Tell them that Norah's running the full, of course.


Good luck! Can't wait to hear about it.

L said...

Good luck! Jerry's comment in the store reminded me of a onsie I saw that i thought you guys might like:
I only cry when ugly people hold me!

Lisa said...

have fun. cute race shirt too!!

MCM Mama said...

That's a nice shirt!

Have a great race tomorrow!

Jes said...

Good luck and have fun!!!

lifestudent said...

Sounds like you are ready for whatever happens for you ... personally, Im thinking you'll PR and surprise yourself ;)

Crystal said...

Good luck tomorrow! I think you have got plenty of practice in for the Princess race :)

JojaJogger said...

Good luck and have fun. The sickies this week could affect you one of two ways. Either you are still worn out and you just enjoy the run next to the beach, or the enforced taper makes you so fast you set a new PR! Either way, enjoy yourself!

fancy nancy said...

Good luck and have fun! I'm glad you're feeling well enough to run!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ohh good luck! I know a lot of folks running tomorrow, I'm just doing the sobe 5k..hoping my ITB will hold out

N.D. said...

Good luck - I love these florida racing shirts!

lauren said...

Good luck! Love the shirt :)

ajh said...

Have fun. I'm doing 13.1 by the beach tomorrow too but a lot of it is hard to see because of the snow fence. It might be in the 40s which is a lot warmer than I have been running in lately! Good luck.

moni said...

Looking forward to your race report! Have fun and run fast!!

RunningLaur said...

That's a really fantastic race shirt!
Good luck tomorrow, and have a great time!!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Run Strong tomorrow! Sounds like it will be a great run.

Getting My Words Out said...

Just found your blog-love it. Good luck tomorrow...run like the wind! Looking forward to the race report.
:D

Jamoosh said...

That is a sweet lookin' shirt! Have an enjoyable half.

Razz said...

You never told us what Nora was running. Good luck to both of you!

Wes said...

excellent. now to see how u did...

Nikki said...

Sounds like you had good goals for this one. When I finally get caught up on reading blogs I`ll get to see how it turned ouT! Clearance...ha ha.

sRod said...

That is a sweet race shirt! And Publix! How I miss it! Even though I grew up on Winn-Dixie, I have learned in my grown-up years how spoiled Floridians are when ti comes to grocery stores.

I'm playing catch up now, hope you had a great race!