Tomorrow is race day!
I am definitely feeling more excited today than I have all week. Maybe because I am going to the race site after work to pick up my bib and packet. There is also a small expo so maybe I’ll even find something fun to buy.
I am not super excited about how this training cycle went. I felt pretty…meh…the whole time. I didn’t skip any of the runs, but there were several that I made a little shorter or a little slower than the plan called for. Then there was the disastrous 12 miler a couple of weeks ago. This was my first time using the Run Less, Run Faster to train for a race. I have very mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I love the idea of running 3x a week. I really like speed work (well, it’s a love/hate thing), and it is a very challenging training plan. I can tell I’m more fit now than I was when I first started which isn’t always the case when I’m only running slow, easy runs. On the other hand, it is a very challenging training plan. Sometimes I just wanted to run easy and not worry about hitting a certain pace for a certain amount of time. This also called for some planning as I would have to drive to a park or running path to complete these runs. Will I attempt the RLRF method again? Probably. But not while I’m living in El Paso.
The other thing that I never quite got figured out is my fueling and nutrition. To be honest, this is not something I have ever given a lot of thought. Sure, I’ve learned that my stomach prefers chews to gels, but I figured that out a couple of years ago. My during-the-run fueling hasn’t really changed much. It works for me. What I am struggling to figure out is my general nutrition before and after a run. It is really hitting me that I am getting older. I remember when I would eat Taco Bell on my way to soccer practice with no issues. Now, eating more than half a granola bar 45 minutes before starting my run upsets my stomach. Finding a balance of how much of what to eat has been a struggle.
I don’t have a specific time goal for this race. In the beginning, I was toying with going for a PR (current half marathon PR is 2:07:49). Nut, after a mediocre training cycle I am not sure I have that in me. I won’t rule it out because crazy shit can happen on race day, but it isn’t going to be part of my race strategy. That being said, I would love to finish under 2:15:00 (my race time from Big D last year).
Amy and I decided to start conservatively and aim for negative splits as we go depending on how it goes. I feel good about that. This course is billed as “fast and flat” so at least there won’t be hills to contend with. I hear the course is beautiful so there will be a nice view (and good pictures?!). Plus, the first and last mile are on the race track so that will be fun! I am hoping all those things, plus running with Amy, plus the energy from the race environment will all factor in to a good race experience and hopefully a good run.
I’m still going back and forth on what to wear. I have a Wear Blue tank and a Wear Blue long sleeve. I know it will be too warm for the long sleeve, but I’m worried if I wear the tank I will be cold. I really wanted to wear a WB shirt, but I may have to go with a regular running shirt. Lame.
Wish me luck, y’all! I’ll be back next week to let you know how it went! 🙂