Tomorrow starts race week as I prepare for the Blueberry Stomp 15K on Monday morning. That's 9.3 miles - farther than any of my training runs so far. But I'm approaching the race as a training run since my normal long run for this week would be 8 miles.
I'm excited to run the race because it will be much more fun than a normal training run. There will be lots of people, a festival going on in Plymouth, water stations along the race route and free food at the end - not to mention a Blueberry Stomp shirt!
I'm tweaking my training plan this week so I build up to the race on Monday. Tuesday will be a 5-mile run, followed by 3 miles on Wednesday. Thursday will be another 5-mile day. Friday and Saturday will be rest days followed by an easy 2-mile run on Sunday. Then it's race day - 9 a.m. Monday morning.
The fact that I'm excited, and not dreading, a 9.3-mile run that is a week away is crazy. I never thought I would do a race longer than a 10K, let alone a 15K and a half marathon in the same month!
I really want this to become a lifestyle. I never thought I would say this, but I want to be a runner for the rest of my life!