Well, this is it. My race is in less than a week. I’ve made it through all those crucial runs – the 5 – 1 mile sprints, the 8 mile tempo, the 12 mile long run, and everything in between. I just have a few easy runs left and then it’s go time. I am staring down that 2 hour half marathon and sizing it up. It looks like a fierce competitor, but I also have all these things I’ve learned in the last three months.
I’ve learned that I can push through a lot of discomfort – usually what stops me is the voice in my head, not necessarily my physical capacity. But I’ve run into both. And I’ve learned the difference.
I’ve learned I can hold the pace I need to do it for 8 miles. What’s another 5, right?
I’ve learned about how fast I can start out and not want to die at the end. Running a couple good, speedy miles at the beginning actually boosts my confidence and helps me not feel behind.
I’ve learned that I run faster in the cold even though I hate getting out there. Which is a good thing – since I’ll be running at 7am, it’s certainly not going to be very warm.
I’ve learned that I don’t have to sacrifice speed for distance, as long as I train smart. Distance speedwork is AWESOME.
I’ve learned that not running two days in a row means much better quality runs and way less burnout. I cannot foresee running more than 3 days a week ever again. I guess technically I will this week but it barely counts.
I’ve learned that not worrying about a few extra pounds close to race day actually makes me a better runner.
I’ve learned that feeling like a human garbage disposal about a month out will happen every long distance race, and I just need to make sure to feed my body mostly good stuff. And sugar is not the enemy, but it needs to be moderated.
I’ve learned that training my head is as important as training my body.
I’ve learned a lot. And now it’s time to put it to the test. So I am going to go for it at the race, and take all these things I’ve learned and bust ass. Under 2 hours, here I come. More importantly, cute little running skirt, here I come! (priorities, right?)
Last week by the numbers:
Monday – 4×800 @ 4:02 per sprint, 400m recovery in between, 1 mile warmup and cooldown – done. Easy peasy.
Tuesday – ditched serious business cross training to go to Adult Skate Night for an hour. Totally decent workout.
Wednesday – 3 mile tempo @ 8:55 – done. Also did abs and some legs after since 26 minutes doesn’t feel like enough punishment at the gym at all. Woke up the next morning at 6:45 am because my abs hurt. Must get back into lifting and pressing heavy things.
Thursday – 30 mins on the arc trainer, arms, and other leg muscles.
Friday – off
Saturday – 8 mile long run @ 9:40 pace (kinda demolished that at 9:27 pace).
Sunday – off
This week coming up it’s all about:
-No smokes or drinks until after the race. I am in goody two shoes mode.
-Lotsa yoga to stay limber. Every day if I can.
-No weights this week.
-Hydration and good nutrition, and no restriction on calories. If I’m hungry, I must eat.
Monday: 4×400 sprints @ 1:58 per 400, 400 rest in between, 1 mile warm up and cool down
Tuesday: 30 mins cross training
Wednesday: 2 mile tempo @ 8:55 per mile.
Friday: 2.5 mile easy run in the neighborhood. At 7am. No matter the weather or temp. I have never run this early before and I don’t want the first time to be on race day.
Sunday: 13.1! Race day, BABY!
Last time I was really freaked out about the taper, but my legs felt SO FRESH and SO GOOD out there on Saturday’s run, that only putting in a few short miles this week seems like the right thing to do. So good thing that’s the plan!
So, anyone out there with some karma to spare, send good running vibes my way., please! Any last minute tips from you veteran runners out there? Anyone want to lend me their morning-person-ness for a day so I can be bright eyed and bushy tailed for the race (seriously, 7am = the middle of the night for me)? Anyone running this race here in Austin this weekend?