Friday, April 24, 2009

KDF Mini Race Prep

Aaaaahhhh yeaaaaaaaaaah...

The 36th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon is tomorrow! At last!

For me it hasn't really sunk in that at this time tomorrow I will be running in my first half marathon. I've been training for this since December...I started this blog as a means to track my training...and now, it's here!

My goals for this race...

- Deal with my shin appropriately -

There is a 50/50 chance that my shin will go AWOL for the first 2 miles. I'm icing/elevating/resting yadda yadda yadda today and hoping for the best. The thing is, I know that if I just keep moving the pain will stop. I need to be ready mentally to keep on trucking.

- Keep my pacing even -

There's going to be a lot of excitement in the air, and I'm going to feel like I can really crank it out in those first miles...but...I want to finish strong. I'll save my incredible burst of speed (9:45 min/mile) for the end.

- Wait for it... -

Once I've slothed it out for the first several miles, I need to know when to start to push it. I think I've gotten better at this over the course of my training--- heck, I had negative splits in my ten miler!

Again, no real "time" goals. Cuz ran it in 2:45:something last year, and I think I promised her that we would "crush" that time (i.e. 2:44:something). We'll see.

Apparently there is runner tracking, so I'll try to remember to post my bib number and the link so you all can get up early on you Saturday morning to track my progress for a couple hours.

A valuable use of your time.

Good luck to all the runners out there who will be at the race tomorrow! Special shout-out to the Run the Ville Crew-- I'll be looking for you all at the beer tent!



  1. GOOD LUCK! your are going to do sooo amazinggg! im cheering for you! this is such a great inspiration and makes me think i can really do it too!

  2. Here is an inspirational poem that I've chosen to help you get extra motivated. When ever you feel you're about to slow down and quit, just think of these words:

    Now we got the flavor, the bad behavior,
    The rhythm, the melody, the juice for you to savor, We're Rockin' and vibing somebody is jivin',You need to take a tip, sort it out, get a grip.

    Whenever I go out, whenever it may be
    There never is a Keanu but the dweeb lookin' at me. But then even if I did score, he's a looser in the dance floor...Take a deep breath count 1 2 3.

    Even when his eyes met mine
    His slamming moves were out of time
    Can't you just feel the groove
    Why don't you move,
    It's easy can't you see (can't you see)
    Take my hands and dance with me (dance with me)

    If you can't dance, if you can't dance, if you can't dance, if you can't dance,
    If you can't dance to this, you can't do nothing for me baby
    If you can't dance, if you can't dance, if you can't dance, if you can't dance,
    If you can't dance to this you can't do nothing for me baby

    You're welcome. And again, Don't embarrass me in front of my Derby Festival friendz.

  3. How exciting! Loose a treading affection unto this stoic earth. But do mind your zealous form, lest you yield for a long pause indeed.

  4. Good Luck, can't wait to hear the post race report!

  5. Good luck to you!! I hope we see you at the beer tent. I hope you run a fantastic race and all your hard work pays off!!!

  6. Good luck out there BB, but I know you won't need luck. I'll keep my eyes open for you at the beer tent.

  7. GOOD LUCK!!! You are going to kick booty!! I can't wait to hear how it goes!