It's not normal for me to be this anxious before a race. I have several questions in my mind and I am trying very hard to quiet the noise..
This might surprise you (or maybe not), but I haven't ever trained for a 10K, (or a 5K, or a half marathon). This marks the first time. Yes, I have raced those distances, but not with a solid plan that led up to that race. My method was to run a certain baseline mileage, maybe do day or two of tempo or fartlek each week, and take a day or two off before a race and seeing what happened.
So, my reason for doing this training period was based on curiosity-- to see what I could accomplish if I trained specifically for the distance. I have a funny feeling I will still be left with bunches of questions after Saturday's race, though.
I am hoping that the energy of racing on the roads that Steve Prefontaine ran, with so many other people (including many high school cross country teams), will inspire me to dig deep-
deeper than ever before in a race--
because I picked a tricky course for a final exam.
This blogger's post on the race last year provided me with some helpful Garmin course profile info:
I hope it's not as scary as it looks: 160ft gain in about a mile, and about 120ft in mile 2- but there is downhill too! Oh yeah...and mile 4.
Just for comparison, the Butte to Butte 10K only had one big hill: 250ft gain in the first mile- then all downhill and flat.
OK. So it's not a perfect course. But it will provide a chance to recover between hills, right?
Ten weeks of training for this race should help. I hope.
I didn't follow my plan exactly. I did execute the quality days to the best of my abilities and hit my max planned mileage 65 MPW +/-, though it ended up being sooner than planned. Some days were good, some fell a little under my goals. Most of my easy paced running was done at 20-30 secs slower than my current Vdot lists.
My most recent speed workout was Tuesday night:
- 4x1200 Threshold pace (goal 6:41 pace) with 2 minute recovery run,
- 4x200 Repetition pace (goal 42 secs)
What I ran was:
- Warm up at 8:53 for 1.5 miles
- 4x 1200 Threshold 6:28 & 6:37 (uphill/tailwind), 6:43, 6:48 (mostly downhill/ headwind) 2 minute easy run recovery between each
- 4x200 Repetition 42, 41, 43, 42 with 1.5-2 minute recoveries
- Total: 6.58 miles
A few questions I have right now are:
- Did I start reducing mileage soon enough?
- How strong should I attack the hills? Still not sure here.
- If not sub 40 on this hard course- can I still PR?
- Can I distract myself from this race, take my negative thoughts captive, and turn them into positive thinking? I admit I am struggling with this. I really hope that God will just quiet my heart and give me some peace regarding this race and other events surrounding this week.
- Will I be brave enough to wear the skirt Amanda sent me? Or will I even remember to pack it? (I forgot to pack another skirt for my July race.)
- What will be waiting for me at the post office today?? :D
- In this training cycle I have learned a LOT about myself as a runner. I know now that high mileage is good, but a lot of quality work (speed days) makes it very hard to maintain high mileage & longer runs. I stayed with my mileage goals, but learned to reduce my long run in favor of quality work.
- I have had some excellent training days, and despite not running my easy paces at goal, most of my speed work was at goal, or very close (both faster and slower).
- During the 10 weeks I did something I haven't done during a cycle before- raced- and set new personal records both times. (Scandia Run 10K and Eugene Celebration Mile)
|Eugene Celebration Mile in August|
- Noteworthy stuff: I was able train hard and make it 10 weeks without getting injured!! That, in itself, will keep me with Jack Daniels formula.
- I will get to run this race with friends - Ronda, Danny, and a high school-aged neighbor!! (and hundreds of other cross country team members).
- It will most likely be perfect race weather, (60's F), so long as it's not windy.
- I have some really awesome support (bloggers, facebook friends, high school friends, and family, especially my husband and parents) who support my
insanityhabits. YOUR encouragement has meant the world to me. I honestly don't think I would have ran my last race without some of that encouragement. Thank you!!! I am Blessed!
If you see a midget, dressed as an old man, running around the slot machines at the Mill Casino, it just might be my oldest trying to win Mama a trip to Boston!