This blog has been about my journey into trail running. I picked a race, set a goal and got a training plan. This is race week and the best part, I am actually excited. While the training is done, I still have one more hurdle to work through this week. A race plan.
It’s been a long time since I ran a race with a clear race plan. The last couple of years I haven’t really started a race with a finish line goal. Sometimes it was because I didn’t take my training seriously, sometimes it was because it was just a “fun” race, but there were other times the day or so before the race, I would talk myself out of pushing toward a goal. Goals are scary not necessarily because of the pain it may take to get there, but because of the risk of not meeting them.
This week though I am going to step out of that comfort zone and create a race day plan. I realize I don’t run as fast as I used to, and this is my first mid-distance trail run but that doesn’t mean I can’t develop a strategy on how to run on race day. A few weeks ago I decided it was time to race this event, not just run it. I have put a lot of time and effort into my training plan, so why wouldn’t I create a plan to execute everything I have learned in my training? I have decided on an A, B & C goal but more importantly my goal is to understand how my body works on this new terrain, with full effort. My plan will include mental notes of when to fuel & hydrate, when to push and when to conserve energy (based on a review of the course map and elevation chart), and mantras to help work through difference phases of the race. After the race, I will review my performance in an effort to set goals for the next big event.
What’s the next event? I am still not sure how I want to continue trail running. With my marathon history, the temptation is there to continue on my training and work toward a spring trail marathon or ultra…however I am not sure I want that just yet. I will use this event to race, see how I make it through and then try to figure out where to go next. Either way, race day is coming and I cannot wait.
This week’s training:
I mentioned this before, but the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to receive a bit of extra coaching from Ekiden Coaching. Here is how taper week went:
Random thoughts from the week:
**In case you missed it, I had a mid-week blog post, sharing my journey into embracing the yoga mat. This has been one of the most surprising part of my training season, and believe it or not I intend on continuing on with yoga and committing to a regular practice.
**CUBS WIN!!! Yes, this news could be a whole blog post, but to say I am excited would be an understatement. The Cubs are going to the World Series and I am beyond ecstatic. Good thing I don’t have a lot of running this week, because I will be glued to the TV for each and every game of the series. PS. This makes me so homesick for my old neighborhood. It figures, the year I no longer live in Wrigleyville, would be the most exciting year the neighborhood has ever seen.
**Racing outfit. I am still trying to decide what to wear for the fall races here. It is a bit cooler in the morning, but warms up quick when the sun comes out. Although, I did get my new Volée singlet and I can’t wait to put it to good use.
Since Whoos in El Moro is Saturday, for my next blog post I will share how it went. Send me all your good luck vibes.