A good weekend of running was capped off by an evening of fierce winds and rain that knocked out power to our house. The bleeping sounds from our house alarm and UPS power unit got me up and interrupted my very much needed sleep. I woke up tired but happy to remember that Mondays are rest days. After covering 12 miles over the weekend I am feeling optimistic about my training for the big race. Before the half marathon I’m planning to run (for the third time) the Marcie Mazzola Foundation race in April. This used to be a 4 mile race but last year it was switched to a 5K to make it more appealing to participants.
The Marcie Mazzola 4 miler was my first race since I’d restarted my running in 2008. I ran it in 2009 and learned much of my competitive strategy that day. Most races have their iconic characteristic and, for this race, it’s the hill on Woodhull Rd. that goes on for almost half a mile near the beginning of the race. This hill is not as steep as Cow Harbor’s James St. but attacking it too hard can have a negative effect on your stamina. Like last year, I’ll take it easy and spend my energy later.
I’m looking forward to next weekend’s long runs, unencumbered by snow and ice. But, with the weather this year, I don’t know if I can fully count on that.