can’t sleep before a half marathon

INDIANAPOLIS — I’m running a half marathon in the morning. I should be sleeping.

Instead, I’m going to write a recap of the last race I ran, because why not?

Two Saturdays ago, I finally reached my season goal of running a sub-50-minute 10K. As of the end of 2013, my 10K PR was 59:02, which was a big deal for me, but I finished that season knowing I wanted 2014 to be a year of running PRs. As of March 2014, I had come close — 50:50 — but it took me six races to hit my goal.

The 49:12 I ran at the Chicago RUN10FEED10 felt oh so glorious. The weather was perfect, I raced with some of my favorite people, supported a cause I care about deeply (Don’t know about RUN10FEED10? Read up.), and enjoyed the always awesome race support provided by the one and only Mama DiGang aka Team DiGangi Race Manager. She somehow managed to cheer for and take pictures of me, my sister, Matt & my friend Ellen, as we ran different paces, at several points throughout the course. You da best, Mom.

Now it’s half marathon time. This is what I’ve been training for all fall, and I’m stupid excited about it, even though it’ll be freezing and windy all morning. Even if the race doesn’t go as well as I’d like (aiming to beat my PR of 2:01:35 from May), I’m extremely proud of how I trained. I feel confident heading into the race, but I try to keep a level head going into these things — anything can happen, especially when you’ve been training in fair fall weather and race day is supposed to start in the high 20s.

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No matter the outcome, I’m happy to be running my third half marathon tomorrow, and I’m thrilled to be back in Indy for a weekend. This place has been good to me.

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