My training was going really well until about mid-May and then I had to stop. I got shin splints and tried to keep going, but didn't want to make it worse. Plus, it eventually became almost impossible to run because of the pain. But I kept my shins iced and stretched, and switched to doing a more weightlifting based workout regimen. I'm not fully prepared for the race, but I've gone on several shorter runs in the last few weeks and the shin pain hasn't returned. So come Saturday, I'm going to run as much as I can, but at a pretty calm pace, and walk if I feel the pain creeping up on me again. My "predicted finish time" is 3:00:00. I would be pretty happy if I beat that time, and I think I can do it. The course is awesome, winding through some beautiful parts of Seattle.
Running along Lake Washington
Port of Seattle and Waterfront
Last Year's Finish Line (same as this year)
The race expo was fun, as they always are. I get such a rush from all the positive energy in that type of atmosphere and it was really cool to see all the different types of people picking up their race goodies. My good friend, Sabrina, was working at the Larabar booth handing out free samples so we got a chance to walk around and catch up a bit.
So here's my bib, timing chip and official race shirt! The shirt's pretty cool, and it's GREEN, which means I can reuse it for next year's St. Patrick's Day Dash.
See you at the finish line!