Yesterday (Wednesday)- 5 miles, 9:40 pace, slow and steady + arm/ab workout
My last race was the Halloween half back in October. A whole 5 months ago!
I didn’t follow a training plan for this upcoming race just made sure each week I did 4 easy(5-7 mile) runs, 1 tempo run, and 1 long run. This week I’m only running 3 days(longest being Monday’s 6 miler) and then Saturday is race day.
These next 2 days I think are really important leading up to the race. I try and hydrate as much as possible(all week too), cut out food containing fiber and dairy, and mentally prepare.
Racing for me is just as much mental as it is physical. I have to go into a race with a plan and an idea of what I’m going to do each mile and then envision it over and over. The course has a couple of hills and isn’t your typical downhill UT race. I would love to PR(who doesn’t?) but I also know that my speed work hasn’t been up to par with where I would need to be to beat my previous time of 1:52. So, we’ll see how much I can push it .
My goals for the race:
1. Enjoy the run and the ability I have right now to run
2. Push it, be comfortable with the uncomfortable
3. Finish strong
How do you prepare for a race?
Do you get nervous to race? No matter how many times I race, I still get so nervous. I literally have nervous butterflies typing this right now. haha