I won't make this is a long-drawn out post with a bunch of excuses of what happened today. The Trail Nut Half Marathon just was not meant to be. It's plain and simple: it should have been a DNS (did not start) based on how I felt all week, but considering that I was feeling better than I had the whole week I thought I'd give it a go.
But with temperatures already near 80 at the 9 a.m. race start (who starts a race that late in June anyway?), it just wasn't going to happen. The heat and the humidity and being worn out from being worn out, I couldn't do it. I made it down the trails for about 2 miles until we hit a road and I bowed out gracefully.
I'm not hanging my head low about this beyond the funny drawing I found for this post. I knew this might happen, but I had to see how I felt. So for $30, I got in 2 miles and a decent shirt and the knowledge that a race after a week of being sick shouldn't be done. Now that this has pretty much become a rest week, it's time for me to focus on what I want to do in marathon training later this summer and early fall. I have 23 weeks to go. It's time for an all-out game plan for the rest of this month with building/maintaining a base and hitting it hard in July.
I think focusing on racing will take a backseat for a while. It's distracting me. I may do some of what I planned on doing, but I'm not going to think about them until the week of. If I decide to sign up for a race, I'll do it that week. I have had a great first half of the year with two PRs and a half marathon on a mountain, and that's the success I want to build on.