Running Scared

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

The big race day is almost here. I might not be ready.

I've run my share of 5K's and even completed 10 miles in the Mint City 10-miler last month, but I'm nervous about Sunday.  It's the Capitol City River Run and I'm doing the half-marathon-- 13.1 miles.  I know I can do it, but a couple things have me uneasy.

I haven't trained as hard as I should have.  Mostly it's because of some knee pain I've had since the first day of training.  It went away a little while ago, but it came back today.  A knee brace, some Aleve, and my new shoes should be good for that Sunday.

I'm also a tad nervous about my time.  I ran the 10-miler in an hour 28 minutes which leaves me about a half hour to get the last 3.1 miles in.  That will be cutting it close, because I run 5K's in about 25 minutes, but this will be the end of the race.  My goal is to get in in under two hours. 

I think I will do it.  The weather will be nice and the run takes us through some of my favorite spots-- MSU, Hawk Island Park and back through downtown Lansing.  So, when you wake up at 10 a.m. Sunday, pump your fist for me, because I'll have a half hour to get across the finish line.

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