Six Weeks Until Nashville

I’ve got six weeks until the half marathon in Nashville, TN. I have to admit I’m starting to get anxious. Partly due to the distance and in part because of the huge crowd participating should make it exciting but mostly because I’ll get to see my daughter and son-in-law whom I’m running with, and of course seeing the grandkids. They live about a nine hour drive from our house so we don’t get to see each other much. Grandma will be taking care of the grandkids during the run but hopefully we will see them on the sidelines somewhere along the route.

Speaking of the course: The course route hasn’t been finalized yet! I know Nashville is a large city and a huge tourist attraction but it seems like this should have been announced by now. When you go to the website you can look at the 2015 course and I suppose this will be pretty close to the route for this year as well. I hope so because I’m training based on the route. The 2015 course in Nashville starts relatively flat for the first mile but the next 3.5 miles is mostly uphill. Luckily, I can almost replicate that using my home training course. After the 4.5 mile mark it’s a mix of up and downhill and my home running route is the same way.

My goal for this run has been modest. I hope to finish side by side with my daughter and son-in-law with a time at or under an 11:30 per mile pace. If my calculations are correct that would mean a finish time of 2:30:39 or less. Honestly, the finish time isn’t that important to me. Finishing and finishing without out feeling wiped out is the main goal. Based on my training performance so far I’m pretty confident this is a realistic finish time providing we have perfect conditions. Perfect conditions rarely happen though. There are so many factors that could change this: temperature, humidity, the crowd, colds, allergies, stomach problems and on and on that I’m not going to worry about the things I can’t control which also include my finish time.

I need some other goals that really have nothing to do with running or running performance. It has to be something fun, silly, and maybe a little crazy. So far I’m thinking about taking a least three selfies along the route. Another one is dancing in the street at least once. After all, we will be in Music City USA so dancing to the music somewhere along the way seems like a great idea. We’ll see. I’ve still got six weeks to think about it.

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