“Push me until I can get my satisfaction.”-Benny Banassi
RACE WEEKEND IS HERE! YAY! Let me start of by saying that Taste of Philly was a huge success, even though I couldn’t indulge nearly as much as I would have if I wasn’t carb-depleting. But now, carbs are back in my life and everything is right again. On the menu today? SUSHI! Yesterday was the first day that I started getting more excited than nervous. I’ve been stalking the weather and my biggest concern now is my outfit. I have NO idea what I want to wear. Usually I have my race outfit picked out in advance, but I haven’t been able to decide what I feel like wearing. Plus, I was anticipating colder weather and it’s suppose to be surprisingly warm for November. Let’s hope City Sports can hook me up with something sweet.
Well, the training log has been taken off my fridge. It’s so satisfying to look back and see all the miles I’ve run in preparation for one day. Weeks and weeks of training for something that won’t even last 2 hours (hopefully). I had my ups and downs when training, but I’ve come a long way from where I was at the end of summer. Almost 20 pounds lost and a whole lot of endurance gained. Here’s what my week of tapering looked like:
- Monday: 3 miles+strength circuits in the AM and a 30-minute tempo PM run
- Tuesday: 4 mile run
- Wednesday: Cross-training
- Thursday: 3 miles
- Friday & Saturday: Rest
- Sunday: RACE DAY
I have no idea what to expect this weekend. I’m excited to run the course that made me fall in love with racing (that picture is from the Philly Half-my first half-in 2009). I’m nervous that my legs and lungs won’t be in sync. But mostly, I’m grateful that my body is able to put up with me and my training. My heart has been heavy lately and I think that’s going to play a big part in Sunday. I wouldn’t be running without the support of my family and friends. I never realized how tough training can be for the other people in my life. I love how it’s changed me and my body, but it’s also made a huge impact in the way I act and think. I tend to get a little crazy when it comes to sticking to my plan and worry like a mad woman if I think there’s a slight chance something won’t happen like I want it to. This race taught me lots of things about myself, not just in terms of how fast I can run or how hard I can push myself. I may not be the easiest runner to put with up, but I hope everyone knows how much their support means to me. I can’t wait to cross that finish line and give big sweaty hugs to my loves…and to celebrate with a big burger/even bigger beer…and maybe a pedicure. Send the good vibes on Sunday!