I have my racing bib! I went today to the Stamilano Center in Piazza Duomo to collect the race pack and to get in the mood for my first Half Marathon. But, I must admit that, even though I am really excited my feelings are kind of contradictory.
I have been training for this event since late December 2011, improving mileage step by step without pushing it too much; but so far I never ran for 21km. The longest training session I did was on 18km distance and once finished I was completely exhausted, with no more energy left in my body.
Besides, during last week I had a light pain, although very bothering, at my biceps femoris muscle. So, to make sure I will be able to race on next Sunday, I did not run the last long training session (16km) and I took some days off. Now the pain is almost gone, but I was lying on the couch for 5 days.
I am wondering: will this incident affect my physical shape and my first Half Marathon?
Also, since I never ran such a long distance, I actually do not know how my blood sugar level will react to the last part of the race. I just have very clear in my mind that I will eat a glucose pack every 7 km while running. I hope this measure will keep under control any hypoglycemia danger.
Anyhow, posterity will know! Very soon…