It's the "not knowing" that is the hardest part :(
I've been trying to keep myself busy (and not check my email every 45 seconds). I did a relatively good job of that yesterday because I was in a strategic planning meeting for most of the day. During that meeting we played Two Truths and a Lie as an "ice-breaker". Have you ever played that game? Basically you have to write down (or say) 3 things about yourself; but only two of them should be true. Then everyone in the room tries to guess which one of the statements is not true.
These were mine (can you guess the lie?)...
(the answer is at the end**)
We also watched the trailer for When the Game Stands Tall. I haven't seen the movie but apparently it's really good. In paraphrasing one of the scenes (to make it more applicable to us) my director said "I'm not asking for perfection, I'm asking for perfect effort". Of course she meant this in relation to our strategic goals at work; but for me this is just as applicable to how I approach running.
It's not about perfection, it's about perfect effort.
Perfect Effort...what does that mean? I think it's different for everybody. It's uniquely self defined and fluid enough to adjust to the ever changing dynamics of day-to-day life. One day "perfect effort" may be pushing yourself to a new pace or distance; getting a PR at a race; or successfully completing a training workout that was previously dauntingly difficult. And on other days "perfect effort" might be just showing up and finishing your run; not quitting...no matter how long it takes.
In light of that I'm trying to decide on my approach for tomorrow's half marathon. I have the ability to approach this race with a sense of freedom because I told myself that if I PR'd at Miami Beach I would run Sarasota for fun. But in keeping with the mission of giving "perfect effort" should I try for a PR at this race too? I guess I will just wait and see how I feel tomorrow morning...
Today was my "Drive-to-Sarasota-Packet-Pick-Up-Pre-Race" day. The drive to get the packet wasn't too bad. It was about 3.5 hours long, but in general was uneventful. Unfortunately, I didn't spend a lot of time at the Fit 2 Run store for the packet pick-up because parking was pretty challenging and I was forced to make a few "creative parking decisions". I will not comment on that any further ;)I ran into a few people that I have seen at other Florida Storm Series events (which is nice because it's always great to see friendly faces). I also saw the Saucony rep that was at the Runner's Depot group run on Thursday. It seems like a lot of people made the drive to Sarasota to close out the Florida Storm Series with an epic Category 5 race (exciting!!!!).
When I got to the hotel I was pleasantly surprised to see how close it was in proximity to food...
(this totally made my day!!!!!)
The hotel is ALOT nicer than I anticipated. My last stay at a Best Western was "ok" (that was for the EAU Palm Beach half marathon). This Best Western is really nice so I'm pretty happy about that. I find that when I travel for races (or work; or in general) I'm not really in the hotel room very much so I try not to let the little things bother me. But pre-race jitters are brewing so I'm glad I don't have to deal with any hotel issues on this trip.
The swag for the 10th Anniversary Sarasota Half Marathon is pretty cool...
They also included a little packet of pain relief cooling gel and a mini bag of coffee (not pictured)
I'm going to spend the rest of my day relaxing and taking in the city (once it cools down a bit) and then figuring out what my last meal will be. Tomorrow will be an early morning because the drive to the start is about 23 minutes and I plan to get there very very early to avoid any issues with parking. I like to get a really early start to my race day (you can always sleep more in the car right?)
Good Luck to everyone racing this weekend!
If you are racing... what race(s) are you doing?
Have you ever played Two Truths and a Lie? What were your 3 statements?
**The Lie: I've never gone sky diving. I would though...one day