What I learned? The best thing that you can do to prepare for race day is follow your plan and show up every day. You can’t control what happens on race day but, hopefully you have done your due diligence to be ready.
Race week is here so this will be short and sweet!
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: 35 minutes on the elliptical
I tried really hard to have a rest day…For whatever reason, I just felt like I needed to do something. So I decided to take a really easy 35 minute ride at the gym. I needed to stretch out my legs after back to back days of running 9:30 pace or faster.
Planned: Track Work » Actual: Tempo
I went to the gym today for an easy tempo run. 5 minutes warm-up 20 minutes at 8:35 pace 5 minutes cool down. I wanted to get one last solid workout in before the half. Something to get my legs turning over. I took to the gym once again to work on my form while the treadmill set the pace.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: Cross Training
Today, I thought that I would have my last easy run. Plans changed though. I went to Schenley Oval to meet up with Crystal after work. She was feeling really tired and my legs were feeling really heavy so we just decided to walk the trails instead of running. I am so glad we walked! I would have been hurting after if we didn’t. I love the trails at the park though! There is a huge trail system hiding in the woods around the park.
Thursday – Rest Day
Friday – Travel day to Kentucky
After I just talked about how to prep for race day in a video on my facebook page, I managed to forget my race day breakfast. Since we had to swing by Trader Joe’s to pick up some Lenny and Larry cookies, we also picked up some wine! Can’t do that in PA. I’m curious to see how the Trader Joe’s wines stack up.
Race day! I’ll be posting my race report on Thursday this week but, if you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I got my sub 2 hour half! And while I wish I could say that I nailed it and killed it on the course, I have to admit that I almost gave up at mile 11. I’m proud that I pulled it off when I wasn’t sure if I could. On the positive side, course was beautiful and the after party was on point! Come back Thursday for all of the details!
Official Time – 1:58:47
Before and after the race, we had a great time eating our way through the city. I’ll also have a recap of all the restaurants!
Sunday – Travel day back to the Burgh
I already have my sights set on my next race in December plus 2 goals for the spring of 2018. Now to catch up, write a new training plan, and prep for a new client consultation call tonight.
Recipe Round up
In case you missed it. I posted a recipe round up and shopping list last Thurday