Well, I’ve been talking about the unicorn for sometime now and here I am the day before the Wallis Sands Half Marathon. I’ve been running like a mad man with the girls since October with the slight hope that I can catch the unicorn!
What is the unicorn, it’s not just a personal record (PR) in the half marathon. It’s the Guinness World Record running a half marathon with a double stroller (double pram), which sits at 1:26.37. My PR is 1:35.05, which was at the Safari Park Half Marathon in San Diego back in 2011. That was a long time ago, back when I was single.
The last time I ran an organized half marathon was back in 2013. It has been a few years and I don’t know what to expect from myself. As I think about this insane goal of catching the unicorn, I can’t help but think it is achievable. My optimistic logical thinking is that when I ran a PR back in 2011, I had little training and was pumped off of adrenaline in pursuit of an “Age Group” medal. I’ve had solid training, which unfortunately started to fall apart as race day approached. It has been more training than I have ever done since I started running. It’s a positive. There are a few factors that may prevent me from achieving this goal, but I have to believe in myself come 8 AM tomorrow that I will be as ready as I can be. The factors range from ones I can control to the ones I wish I could control. The big one that gets me, which I have no control over is the wind. It is predicted to be 16+ mph during the race. Another issue is in regards to my right foot, turf toe. All that is left weighing me down is…..ME.
I’ve been stressing out all day about tomorrow and I can’t recall another time where I felt like this for an race. I know it boils down to whether or not I will fail. It’s part of that fixed mindset I’ve been dealing with and not wanting to challenge myself enough to an outcome that may be far from my goal. I can’t even put my thoughts into words as I ponder about tomorrow and how I feel about it. It’s going to be up to me to believe in the training and the miles I logged. It’s going to be up to me to overcome the doubts and the feeling of pain during the race. So, I’ll leave you with my initial goals and not change them, not matter what the weather brings and focus on the things I can control. Or at least, I’ll try.
The Unicorn: 1:25.00
P.S. – I’m scared!