Well, that same race is happening in just 11 days.
When registration opened months ago, I snagged a spot right away since I know Dam to Dam sells out every year. After all, it's only open to the first 8,000 entrants.
When registration opened months ago, I had an entire training plan scheduled and vowed to be prepared to run the 12.4-mile race.
When registration opened months ago, I was unaware that I was going to forgo running for kickboxing and resistance training.
So, while I have secured a spot in the race, I do not at all feel prepared. I mean, I have not run more than 4.6 miles since I ran the marathon in October.
However, I am going to run Dam to Dam, and I am going to run it well. (And, now I don't have the choice to back out since I put it in writing. Crap.) I am in extremely good shape right now: my cardio endurance is up due to kickboxing and shorter runs, and my leg and core strength is up due to resistance training three days a week. While I was running three to four times a week last year, I wasn't doing any strength training, my nutrition was fairly lackluster, and I did not feel as good as I do now.
The real motivation to crushing Dam to Dam, however, comes from a couple of weekends ago: I felt completely, 100% unprepared to complete my legs of the Market to Market Relay, but despite the wind, the chilly temperatures, and my complete lack of training, I surprised myself and totally kicked butt.
Therefore, I am confident that I can do the same at Dam to Dam. Let's just hope I can cross the finish line with a smile instead of like this:
We can hope, right? :)