Sunday, May 29, 2016

One Week Before Race Day!

In one week from today I will be running the San Diego Rock n Roll half marathon! I am super excited since I have really trained for this race. I have put in the time and even with all my setbacks, I feel pretty confident. I've put in the miles and come next Sunday, I will finally see if all the hard work paid off.

When I hurt my knee in April, I was very much discouraged that I had to take 10 days off for my stitches to heal. I felt like I was finally getting to where I needed to be and then that fall happened. One of my good friends told me to think of it as a rest period to evaluate and come back stronger for the remainder of my training. I hate to say it, but she was right. The rest period was exactly what my body needed. Maybe I will never get back to the level I was three years ago but I feel stronger and I am training smarter.

I started off my training hoping to get a PR for this course and break 2 hours but as soon as I got into the Chicago Marathon, my goal changed. Since then I have incorporated some tempo runs to still keep on track but now I am using this race to determine my upcoming marathon pace. See, I haven't ran a marathon since maybe 2008?? I can't even remember the exact year since I feel like I have blocked all memories from running marathons. Let's just say I didn't have any good experiences. Anyways, this half marathon will give me a better idea of what time to expect for Chicago.

For this upcoming week I just have a few runs to shake out the legs (some fartleks and tempos) but mostly I am starting to carb load. The longest run I plan on doing is six miles. I'll be bored for sure but I am doing this in hopes of truly running the best race possible. I also haven't drank any alcohol in almost a month in preparation. But I am truly looking forward to my first drink post race. Best way to recover is with a fresh drink right?!?

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I am linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons

1 comment:

  1. Isn't it funny how we think 10 days, or a week or a month (in my case for marathon training last year) will set us back dramatically. But the right rest and recovery will help us move forward tremendous! Good luck with your half marathon! :)