It’s finally race week and I have so many emotions going into this weekend. Today, I am Thinking Out Loud. I had a great training week last week, but am not quite where I had hoped I would be for this race. All along I had planned on using this race as a training run and a way for me to measure my fitness, but now I really don’t know how to feel about it.
My training has been pretty solid, but I think the course is starting to get in my head. I am nervous about the hills and the weather. I have to keep reminding myself that this race really doesn’t matter. I didn’t register for this race with the expectation of a PR, I registered for this race to prepare myself for other races later this year. Right now I plan to do run/walk intervals for the entire race so I don’t wear down my body too badly and can handle the hilly course without injury.
I did a lot of strength training last week and have really been enjoying adding a little workout to my easy run days or days when I run less like hill repeat days. I have noticed that my running has improved and that I feel better post run because of all these little workouts. I can also tell a difference since I started adding yoga flows and routines into the mix instead of just faking it on my own. Be sure to check out this post for more about some of the workouts I’ve been loving lately.
Monday: ACTIVE RECOVERY: light yoga
Tuesday: *skipped run* Tone It Up beach yoga, Blogilates turbo arms, obliques and legs, 50 glute bridges and clam shells
Wednesday: 40 minutes of hill repeats, dog walk, Blogilates turbo arms, and Tone It Up band workout and Tone It Up love your body with yoga
Thursday: 4 hilly miles on the treadmill, 25 glute bridges, hand weight workout
Saturday: 10 slow hilly miles in and out of the rain
Sunday: 4 recovery miles on the treadmill, 10 minutes of spinning and hand weight workout
Total: 19 miles
Goal A: This is a perfect day when the stars align and my body is running on all cylinders. I would love to run the entire race only stopping for water breaks. I would also love to embrace every hill and run them all.
Goal B: Finish in under 3 hours. This normally wouldn’t be a goal pace for me (current half marathon PR is 2:31), but since managing my hip/right leg issues this is where I am at right now.
Goal C: Something has gone wrong and I am on the struggle bus. I want to finish injury free with a smile on my face.
I can’t wait to see my sorority big sister and run all the hills. Tune in next week for my race recap!
How do you set realistic race goals?
Do you use challenging race courses as a way to gauge fitness?