I love running Derby! As a Saturday race about an hour away the logistics are easy, and it’s a flat, fun course with lots of spectators. It’s also close to my heart since it was the site of not only my first-ever half marathon, but also my first sub-2 half.
I had two goals: one I was fairly public about (sub-2:00) and one I had discussed only with my coach and a few other people (1:57). Though honestly, I hadn’t thought too long and hard about goals. This was partially a factor of my new relaxed approach to running, but mostly due to race day falling in the midst of a super busy time at work. Less down time = less time to overthink.
So going into the race, I was all chill … except about the weather. Specifically, the predicted high temperature. A key factor here is that I am not a solid hot weather runner; I basically wilt in the heat! In two of my marathon DNFs, heat played a role. If you follow training logs, you might remember I had a pretty terrible peak long run in the heat a few weeks back, so I was hoping that maybe that had somewhat acclimated me for the season, or at worst, if I’d slogged through that, I could manage finishing a race, right?