The Week Before the Race

On Sunday, Feb. 24, me and the Mrs. will run our biggest race, by far.  We are running the Mardi Gras Half-Marathon, which is around 20,000 runners strong.  This is absolutely crazy to us, because it has happened so fast.  For my half-marathon, I literally started from scratch in May.  I ran all summer to get my mileage up to where I could begin training for the half in August.  I have to confess running last summer and fall is one of my favorite things I have done in my life.  Maybe I will write more about it later.

I say all of that to say that every part of the preparation was organized and planned out.  For this race, however, I did not think I would run it until the beginning of the year, but I did not find out I would run until last week.  I had been running, but not with a training plan.  So now we are to the week before the race, and I the longest I have run is eight miles.  Tomorrow morning I am planning on running ten.

As excited about my first half as I was, I might be a little more excited to run this one because it means my first race was not a one and done situation.  Sometimes I think the second one is harder than the first.  I am also excited to see what it is like to run a race this big. And finally, I get to run parts of the city I have not run yet which is a goal for the year.

Have you run a half-marathon, or multiple half-marathons?

Which one was harder?