Saturday, April 10, 2010
14-mile race tomorrow in the rain
"Shawn, I know you and Angie might be running the relay team as partners tomorrow but I want to run both legs of the race. Do you guys wanna, too?"
To be honest, I had given up the idea of running in this race. I didn't get a confirmation back from Angie that she would run the race with me, and besides, the weather forecast calls for a cold steady rain all day. So I gave it up in my mind. Didn't want to run seven miles in the rain. Actually felt relieved I didn't hear back from Angie.
As Heidi and I were starting to feel reluctance in running the full 14 miles and maybe run as a relay team together if Angie bails, Angie called Heidi and said, "Yes!" She was willing to run the entire 14 miles with us.
Then that settled it. Angie, Heidi and I are going to run both legs of the relay race tomorrow.
And, yes, i'm ... nervous!
I know i can do it. But I haven't been running on a consistent basis and I have never run that far before in my life, though it's just a little over a mile further than the half-marathon I ran back in February.
It's up at Annadel State Park and will cover a lot of hills. Muddy hills. But after wading through the icy stream last weekend, I now know not to run around those puddles but to run through them. And, besides that, with all that rain, my shoes will be water-logged anyway.
I better go see if I have any clean running clothes. And I'll drink plenty of water. Tomorrow morning is coming quickly. Wish me luck.