Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ready to Rock Chicago

Today was my last workout before Sunday's Rock 'n Roll Chicago Half Marathon. I did an easy 2-mile run and then went to my gym for a yoga class, and then rolled around on a foam roller afterward, working my IT band and trying to get knots out of my shoulders and lower back.

Note to self: Yes, running and doing your miles is the important (necessary) part of training for a race. But the other stuff definitely makes a difference. Next time you train for a race, do the other stuff - Pilates, yoga, swimming, weights, etc - at least 1-2 times per week. For a hot second there earlier this summer I looked like I was on the road to possible faint six pack. Then I stopped doing Pilates twice a week. I'm not on that road anymore. Plus my shoulders and back are feeling TIGHT right now. I don't think that will help on Sunday. 

Anyway. Back to the race. This will be my second half marathon. My first went OK, but certianly wasn't spectacular. I have run two longer distances since (15K and 10 mile). The 15K went worse (and was followed shortly thereafter by an introduction to a foam roller) but the 10 mile went really well. Still, this is only my second half marathon. I still have the first in the back of my mind. I still want to redeem myself.

However, I looked back at my training log from my first half marathon. I know I slacked. Like, really slacked. In the 10 weeks leading up to the race, I ran 92 miles (not including the race). I only ran 13.1 miles race week - that would be the actual race. I didn't run a whole lot prior to those 10 weeks before that race.

For this race, I've run 171 miles in the 10 weeks prior, plus I ran 10 or more miles each week for 9 or the 10 prior weeks. So even though I didn't stick to my training plan exactly, I did much better this time around.

So, and I hope I don't jinx myself, but I'm feeling really good going into this race. Plus, to remove any pressure I was feeling, I'm not going to push myself for this race. I'm running with my cousin, and we agreed to do an 11 min pace. If I pushed myself, I think I could pull off a 10 min pace. (Perhaps if I had stuck to my training plan exactly I could do 9:30. Oh well. There will be more races.) But I'd rather run with her. Plus I'm running an 11.5mi race in 4 weeks, and likely another half marathon 3 weeks after that. I'll push myself during one of those races.

Now all I have to do is get a good night's sleep tomorrow night (because I probably won't on Saturday night), go to the expo on Saturday, eat pasta, and then get up at 4am on Sunday.

I already have my post-race massage scheduled for Wednesday. I'm pretty sure I have like 50 knots in my back.


  1. You are going to do great! Trust your training, but most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!

  2. Good luck! Here's hoping for perfect running weather.

  3. Good luck! I'm sure you'll have an awesome race and the weather is looking decent so far.....*knock on wood*