Category Archives: Pre-race jabber
Comments: I am getting nervous, but I am not willing to show it, so don’t tell anyone. 😉
Today was my last official workout before the 1/2 marathon. Was it enough? Have I trained hard enough for it? Have I put enough miles in? Will my weight loss give me the PR I am so desperately seeking? The numbers seem to indicate it: I have lost 15 lbs since May…my shorter distance time is a minute per mile faster…I am not completely dead after my long runs…oy! Stop it already!
Tonight will be the night I’ll try to get some good sleep. I have been working on it this whole week, some nights are better than others. It seems like when my head hits the pillow early I am wide awake come 2 or 3 A.M. *sigh* Can’t win for loosing. Hopefully tonight I’ll be able to get some decent zzz’s.
I am picking my race packet up tomorrow at lunch and will have a nice pasta dinner in the evening (I don’t like to eat too heavy the night before). Food, that always gives me something to look forward too! 🙂
Good luck to everyone that is running this weekend! Remember: “Nothing is Impossible”
Distance: 16.2 miles
Time: 45 minutes
Course: Stationary Bike @ work
Comments: I had side stitches…wth? They started almost right out of the gate (so to speak). I was able to get them under control after about 1.5 miles. I was thinking “I don’t need THIS during the half!” It was not like I started like a bat out of hell…no, not so. I took it slow. I’ll have to brute over this one for a bit longer…
After I got back to the gym I did a lot of stretching plus 20 uninterrupted push ups. That felt good.
I keep looking at my running spreadsheet…omg, I only have three training days left!!! If I keep looking at it, the urge to go out and run or lift weights dramatically increases…yickes!
Tomorrow I’ll be getting on the stationary bike, and then it’s eat and rest until Sunday!
The good thing is that I have a new tab started (see purple) for the Capital City Distance Classic. So, life won’t come to an end after the 19th! (Thank goodness!)
Time: 10 am
Weather: 65, sunny (felt hot)
Clothes: New MiT singlet, Izuma Shorts
Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 78.43 miles)
Run Time: 31:29
Course: Goodale Park and back.
Comments: The blisters are better. I can still feel them, but the urge to go outside today won and I promised myself to stop running should it become irritated.
The run was nice. I was trying to pretend that is was the first few miles of the 1/2 marathon. Going through a preflight check list so to speak. Making sure all engines are fireing and there is no major malfunctioning going on. The first mile is always a bitch when you are not warmed up. The second mile is not much better, but by the time the third rolls around things are good to go.
Even though I only ran (a bit under) 3 miles today I did go through the whole race in my mind:
Mile 4, 5, and 6 would be easiest part of the race. Those are my favorite miles to run.
During 7 and 8 I will try to relax my body as much as possible.
Sometime during mile 9 and 10 (I think) there will be cobble stone and I’ll have to watch my step (unless they changed the route), my feet will be sore and hitting them wrong will be like running on broken glass with no shoes on.
Mile 11 will be hard for me, uphill at times, if I remember correctly, but I’ll push through, because I just did 11 last week and was fine.
The 12th mile is dedicted to my boss who broke his leg skiing last month and was suppose to run the race. Last year he and his wife stood at mile 12 cheering me on. This year he won’t even be able to do that.
- More than likely the last mile will be pure survival and not much of a thought process will be going on then! lol
Cranky, I almost signed up for the NY marathon (lottery) after reading your post that you might have no one to run with….but when I saw the entry fee of $155, I decided I need to make sure that’s what I really want to do this year! lol
Tomorrow I am taking the day off work…I shall put my feet up and not move much until the evening when we are meeting some friends for dinner at the Olive Garden for my pre-race dinner. Yummy!
1158 is my bib # should I have not mentioned it before.
I am ready to run…
Time: 10 am
Clothes: MiT shirt, Adidas shorts, BB Hat
Shoes: Saucony Grid 5 Guide (278.6 miles)
Course: Goodale Park and back via Nationwide Blvd.