St. Augustine Half, Here We Come!

My second half marathon is less than 5 days away. Crap. I’m excited, nervous, anxious, scared. I dropped the ball a little on my training in October and my first/last/only 10 miler (sort of, really 9.6, but who’s counting?) was rough. My pace was good but legs were dying and because of it I have been unable to run since. I was able to stretch and roll most of the pain away, but my butt and sciatic started acting up and even now I feel something.

I firmly believe that my lack of cross training and strength training play a huge roll in that. And so, Brian and I started last week doing some exercises at home. Lunges, squats, planks, crunches, pushups, etc. You get the idea. We started last Thursday followed by stretches I found on the internet and immediately after my sciatic felt better. I jog in place periodically (I know, I know) and I don’t feel the tingling going down my right leg. Woo hoo!

I am in complete hydration mode. No wine for me this week. L Guzzling water all day at work, at home, vitamin B and ibuprofen for a few more days to make sure the pain in the butt is as healed as it can be. Chocolate milk before bed because someone on some blog said the extra protein is good for runners. Why not? I’ll add some of my Nuun in the few days before to get my electrolytes up and the rest is up to the running gods.

I’m still trying to figure out what to have for breakfast since we will once again be away from home (3 hours) and the Clif bar last time was like swallowing lead. I may start with a Honey Stinger wafer I have in my drawer. They’re light and easy to get down. Maybe with a banana, which I’m also going to try and eat this week.

I’m as ready as I’m gonna be. I need to remember to stay positive, it’s going to be an amazing morning, an awesome race. I’ve done it before, I can do it again, and I’m going to be better!

Any other last minute tips?