Well, it’s race week.
Saying writing that makes me feel sick to my stomach. I’m one of those people that never feels ready for a race. I can do all the training, all the rest, and all the positive thinking….but come race day I just always feel like I could have or should have done so much more. Maybe I should have run more than one 22-miler? Maybe I should have done more speed workouts? More downhill training? Strength training? I have no idea. All I know is that I do not feel prepared in the least and have no idea what to expect.
Last week’s training:
Monday: easy 3.1 miles
Wednesday: 6.5 miles (5 miles @ 9:00/mile, 8 x 20s strides/40s rest, cool down)
Friday: 5 miles (1 mile warm-up, 6 x 400m @ 6:40/1-2 min rest, 1.25 mile cool-down)
Saturday: easy 3.1
Sunday: 10 miles (last “long” run!)
Other than feeling a general sense of unpreparedness, I’ve been struggling with a few other things over the last couple of weeks.
My pace. Holyyyy have my runs been slow. I know a lot of this has to do with taking my training to the treadmill lately but it’s still pretty defeating. I’m much faster outside but it’s been extremely cold and we have had a few snowfalls so I didn’t want to risk slipping and injuring myself. It’s hard to feel positive and excited about your time goals when you struggle to hold your “easy” pace on a treadmill.
My hunger!! My mileage has been quite a bit lower in the last couple of weeks but I’m just as hungry as I was during peak week – ha! I cannot keep up. It’s hard to justify eating as much when I know I’m not running nearly as many miles but I know it needs to be done. I’ve got to listen to my body so that I’m well-fuelled and ready for race day.
The weather. Sounds so silly, right?? I can run in crazy Canadian winter like it AIN’T NO THANG but the forecast is calling for rain on Saturday and I am terrified. I know it’s still early and the weather predictions change daily but I am a bit nervous. It rained last year and two blisters formed and popped on my feet while running. It was soooo painful and I yelled lot of words that aren’t a normal part of my vocabulary. Seriously #nofilter when it comes to me + running + pain.
So if anyone is listening, I’d like to request no rain when I’m visiting the desert. Please and thank you.
My race nutrition strategy. Every race is like an experiment for me and I haven’t reached that point where I feel like I’ve “nailed it”. I tried a bunch of gels and believe Honey Stingers are the winners so thank you to everyone who suggested them!! They taste great and are really easy to get down. I also tried Imodium before Sunday’s long run and I couldn’t believe how settled my stomach felt. I had gone to a party the night before and eaten pizza and some other not so great pre-run foods so I actually set myself up for the ultimate test! I felt amazing, no weird flopping feeling in my stomach, and no mid-run bathroom breaks. I’m just hoping everything works out on Saturday as every race is a bit of an eat/drink/run struggle for me. I know that this week I have to try and eat as boring as possible. Keeping things low in fibre, salt and sugar is key…and I need to make sure I’m hydrating.
So that’s it. The nerves are kicking in and I’m definitely struggling a little bit but I am pretty excited to get away, escape the cold, run, and spend time with some great people. But first, a manicure and pedicure because the secret to a marathon is painting your toes beforehand so that you can’t see how many black toenails you get in the following days.
The colour is OPI ‘taupe-less beach’! I LOVE IT! I have the same colour on both my hands and feet but no one needs to see my feet (even when they look half decent).
I’m heading to Phoenix tomorrow morning and will try to post updates when I can but I’m not sure how much blogging I will get done there. Instagram will be where the action is! You can follow me at @the_athletarian if you’d like to keep up!
Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!!