This year I'm preparing for the Surftown Half Marathon with a little more confidence. I have a much better idea of how to run and have studied the route. I have run the roads all summer and know where I do well and where I struggle, as always I need to start slower than I would like. That is a lot easier said than done however. I'm looking to break the half marathon in to 4 5ks, running the first 5k in 27 minutes, the second in 26, the third in 24 and the fourth in 22 and that final minute in 7 minutes. That would put my finishing time at 1:47, not great but better than last year which is my only goal right now. I'm just excited to run and enjoy the beautiful scenery that my hometown has to offer.
I'm a weird guy, I'm a big believer in mental strength as you can tell from last nights post. The picture above and below are from the entrance to my "Man Cave" (it is a Denver Broncos themed cave) This is my work area and it is covered with meaningful and motivational items. I have hung all of my bibs and medals right at the stairs so that every time I enter I feel good. Sounds odd but seeing each bib and medal reminds me that anything is possible, from a last place bike race finish to a NYC marathon medal, I have done a lot and worked for each medal. Seeing the bibs and medals reminds me that if you want something you're going to have to work your butt off to get.