Race Week…Five Days To Go!

Race Week is here. After endless weeks of workouts, long runs and early mornings, I’m ready and excited to take it easy this week. Today was an 8 miler with some MGP miles thrown in. Nothing but easy-paced 3-5 milers left to run before 26.2 on Sunday.

Looking back, the summer and early fall weren’t my best training months. I repeatedly told my coach and close friends that things felt off and everything felt difficult. I hit goal pace for some of the workouts, some I didn’t. But every run felt labored.

Then things started to click. First, it was a couple of solid long runs. My pace was no faster than they had been the previous few months (all around 7:55-8:00 pace). But they FELT differently. It felt more effortless, more enjoyable again.

Then it was a 3×2 mile workout that I nailed. It’s funny how you can remember certain workouts – what you were wearing, the weather, thoughts going through your head. This was one of those workouts. I finished the workout and basically said “F yeah”. I walked away from that workout with the confidence and desire to race again.

Since then, I’ve had a nice string of successful workouts which resulted in a great end to the training cycle. The most daunting workout was the week of the NYC Marathon – 3 x 3 miles. A 3 mile set at/around half marathon pace is not enjoyable. Doing it three times makes it even less enjoyable. But, nailing a workout like this does so much for your confidence and mental strength for race day not to mention build stamina and endurance at the same time.

It was the workout that almost didn’t happen. My husband and I woke up early to discover that there was no gas in our home – no stove, heat, hot water. We tried to troubleshoot the problem (to no avail) and before I knew it, my window of time to do the workout had disappeared. I really wanted to avoid the treadmill for this workout. Thankfully, my sister came through and offered to watch the boys while I ran – so I rushed them over to her house.

Planned: 1 mile warmup, 3 x 3 miles (6:55-7:05) with 3:00 recovery, 1 mile cooldown
Actual: 1 mile warmup, 3 x 3 miles (6:56, 6:54, 6:54 averages), .4 mile cooldown (short on time)
Splits: {7:01, 6:54, 6:53} {6:58, 6:53, 6:51} {6:55, 6:54, 6:52} – 20:48, 20:42, 20:41

The rest of that week was easy running in preparation for the NYC Marathon last Sunday.

This week consisted of a rest day (Monday), 7 miles (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday), 10 miles (tempo workout), 13 miles (Saturday). A bit less mileage than a normal taper week would include…but I needed the rest from the marathon and wanted to ensure that I’m fully recovered and ready to go by race day.

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We are heading down to DC on Friday afternoon. My husband, boys AND mom are coming with me. We are going to see a couple of good friends on Saturday and then race day on Sunday. Should be a great weekend.

And Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have served and continue to served. My family and I are grateful for you and your family’s sacrifice so that we may live in peace in our beautiful country!

me and paul

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    19 thoughts on “Race Week…Five Days To Go!

    1. I am excited for you Michele! You are ready to rock this, and I noticed your posts have been pointing towards the race you have been waiting for. As long as you know there will be some challenges in the race, some things will go wrong, and it is gonna hurt, then you can picture yourself overcoming them, and seeing that finish line with a smile like you did in that picture a few weeks ago :)

      Its funny, now I look back on my training, I see that all the signs were there for me. I thought it was all going to magically come together on race day, but my body was definitely not ready for a sub 2:40, and I should have readjusted my goals. Oh well, lesson learned :)
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    2. What an amazing workout! 3×3 is so, so hard but you’re absolutely right – when you nail it, it gives you a huge confidence boost. You should run perfectly with all the training behind you and a super support group coming along with you. Good luck! I’ll be watching the feeds for updates :-)
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