Saturday, April 21, 2012


Today is the DAY BEFORE my big race. Do you remember this post?  Well that seems like forever ago, and since I signed up I've been training hard! I've had ups and downs, lows and highs and lots of feelings of being burnt out and wondering if it's worth it.
My training is done! All I have to do now is drink lots of water and eat a healthy filling supper and good breakfast in the AM.
I have run the hills (this half marathon is really hilly. and do me a favor, humor me and give me sympathy, here is the link to the elevation changes of the race, click on it!) and trained, and have run most of the course, and done 13 miles before. But I still wonder if I can do it! Still wonder what will happen.
Today I have a lot of excitement and nervous feelings going on! This will probably feel like the longest day ever! Fears that i will cramp up, or push too hard at the beginning and not be able to finish or doubts of whether I can do it! UGH!
Tomorrow 8:30 AM mountain time! I will be starting out my race, going up hill right away. The first 8 miles are very strenuous and the last 5 should be easy but by then you're pretty tired! I will most definitely have an update here as soon as I can walk again! ;)
One of my "life goals" (of course not very spiritual) was to run a half marathon before I turned 30. Well I'm 3 years ahead of myself. and it will feel like the best accomplishment in the world to finish! I can't wait to accomplish this! Looking forward to that feeling of being done!

Can't wait to give you all the update!

this is the first hill right at the beginning

This is the second hill about a half mile after the first one
(and I feel like these pictures don't really do it
justice. You just have to see it
in person)

this is at the top - and it really is a beautiful run


Mark Perry said...

Wow! This is quite a course. You will be absolutely fine tomorrow. Trust your training. Take it easy on those first two monster hills (mountains?) and then let the momentum take you all the way to the finish line. I like that it's downhill through miles 10, 11, and 12 because that's when you really need the help. Best of luck!

Tim, Kristen , Megan, Emily, and Anna said...

Jessica, I hope you do well and finish strong! I admire you for doing this. I have never been a runner so this is amazing to me. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

Sarah Robertson said...

I can't wait to hear about it! Those are some serious hills...mountains! Have fun!

Trina Mayfield said...

Wow - those are big hills! But you MADE it and finished your goal! GREAT JOB!

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