Race Week

Hey Ya’ll,

I can’t believe the Boston Run to Remember is this weekend. I’m feeling really confident about being ready for this race. I’m REALLY hoping for a PR. I’m not telling anyone what my goal time is, because I don’t want to jinx myself. Ok. 2 hours. That’s not totally unreasonable.. is it?

Last week a had one of my highest mileage weeks since marathon training, which I was pretty excited about. I’ve been struggling with a few minor aches/pains the past few weeks, so I’ve made GREAT friends with my foam roller. I’ve self diagnosed myself with a tight psoas.

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So I’ve been spending about 20 minutes a night rolling out legs and stretching the hell out of my hipflexors, glutes, and quads. Here’s a great article on foam rolling by Runner’s World. I’ve noticed a lot of the tightness and pain in my lower back has gone away. Although, I may have been a bit overzealous with the stretching because I’m feeling some pulling in my hamstrings now. Compression shorts to the rescue (which I’m obviously wearing under my dress at work today. I’m so fashion forward)

Sunday Morning I woke up around 5:30 to get out the door for my last long run before the race.

Look how happy I am to be running!

I made a straight-up rookie mistake. A few month’s ago I was packing to go visit my family in California, and I didn’t have a small container to put my conditioner in. This kid is some unruly curly hair, and needs her conditioner if she hopes to have any chance of taming it. In a pickle, I used my fuelbelt water bottle. I figured they don’t cost much, so I would be fine buying a few more for my actual fuelbelt. I forgot about using my bottle for conditioner until about 10:30 on Saturday night, while preparing my gear for my morning long run. I knew I was running 12 miles and it would be sorta warm and I needed to bring along water. I didn’t have time to run out and buy new fuelbelt water bottles, so I cleaned them out and hoped they would be ok. Sunday morning, I set out for my 12 miler with two bottles of Strawberry Lemonade Nuun (which I had so smartly frozen so they wouldn’t be super warm when I needed them). At about mile four I decided it was time to start hydrating, so I took a sip of nuun. My nuun tasted like conditioner. Straight up chemical. So, needless to say, I finished my 12 mile run without any hydration. I ran a lot slower than I know I could have, but considering it was a training run, and I didn’t have water, I’m pretty proud of running 12 miles in just under 2 hours. Now I just have to remember to pick up some more bottles before Sunday. Jocelyn, don’t forget.

This week I’m keeping my mileage kinda low. I went out for 3 yesterday adn will probably do 3 or 4 today. 2 on Saturday. Stretching, foam rolling, beer drinking carb loading and trying not to get hurt before Sunday. Being as accident prone as I am, that’s going to be a challenge.

Anyone else racing this weekend? Are you feeling ready? Also, what do you use to carry water on your long runs? I love my fuelbelt, but maybe I need something that wont tempt me to re purpose?

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2 Responses to Race Week

  1. Rose says:

    Have a great race! The Run to Remember was my first Half Marathon way back in 2005. sadly I have moved away from Boston, but have fond memories of this race!

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