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UBHM The final week of training!

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!

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Saturday

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

Sharing the Love

This week, I’m linking up with Steff of RunSteffRun and the Pittsburgh Running Bloggers, Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run DC, and Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
    October 22, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Congrats on your sub-2 finish time! I am looking forward to the recap.

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      Sara
      October 22, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks so much!

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    Coco
    October 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Congrats on fighting to reach your goal. Sometimes the mental endurance really is the hardest part.

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      Sara
      October 22, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks….In the moment I couldn’t tell if it was mental or physical but one thing is for sure….I need to get more comfortable with being uncomfortable!

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    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
    October 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Congrats on your half! I bet that wine was a delicious celebratory drink after the race!

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      Sara
      October 23, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Thanks! It was pretty tasty!

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    Kimberly Hatting
    October 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Congrats on that sub-2!! I’ve been in a plateau the past couple years…averaging between 2:02-2:05ish. I just can’t seem to get back under that 2:00 barrier….

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      Sara
      October 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Some times that mental barrier is the toughest part. It took me 3 years to get here. Granted, I got distracted with some marathon training.

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    Marcia
    October 23, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Congrats on nailing down that sub-2! Can’t wait to hear more about it.

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      Sara
      October 23, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Thanks!

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    Kim G
    October 23, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Congrats on that sub 2-hour half!! That’s awesome!

    I love what you said in the “What I Learned” section. It’s so true that we never know what race day will bring, but the best we can do is to show up prepared.

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      Sara
      October 23, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Thanks! In the moment when I hit, all I could do is think about what I could have done better to prepare. It just reminds your that you need to show up at practice so you can fight through in your moment.

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    Lesley
    October 23, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Great job! Those last 3.1 miles of a half are so difficult.

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      Sara
      October 23, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Yes! lol they are

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    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy
    October 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Congrats on your PR! That’s so amazing. I can’t even imagine running that fast (not even for one mile!). I totally love eating my way through the places I visit. 🙂

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      Sara
      October 24, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Thanks! Yes, finding new restaurants is the best!

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    HoHo Runs
    October 23, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Excellent job on nabbing a sub 2 half marathon time! You did a great job this week by trusting your training. So many of us would have been temped to run in the days before the race. Thanks for linking!

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      Sara
      October 24, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Thanks! It was much better to rest. My legs felt ready on Saturday.

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    LIsa @ Mile by Mile
    October 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Congrats on your race! Thats awesome that you were able to push through even when it got hard. Hopefully you can relax and recover a bit now!

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      Sara
      October 24, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Thanks! Easy week this week then in to 10k training.

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    Hannah
    October 24, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Congrats on the PR!

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      Sara
      October 24, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Thank you!

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    Isabel
    October 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Congrats, thats such a great time!! I can’t wait to read your race report 🙂

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    Michelle @ Running with Attitude
    October 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Whoot! Congrats on your sub-2! Looking forward to your recap!

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