Race week training isn’t the most exciting: easy runs, short workouts, and everything else that comes with tapering. All the tedium is well worth it on race day, especially when race day results in a huge half marathon PR.
Monday: 5 mile easy run
I ran a simple out-and-back with Ollie at an easy effort.
Tuesday: 2 x 10 minutes (6 miles total)
This race week workout totaled just shy of 3 miles of running at race pace. I didn’t quite hit my goal pace in the workout, but this was just one workout out of a pattern of stronger workouts. This run felt refreshing, especially during the taper.
After the run, Ollie helped me foam roll.
Wednesday: 5 miles easy run & Pilates
The weather was absolutely beautiful this week. After the run, I did a brief 8 minute Pilates workout to work on mobility before the race.
Thursday: Rest day
I like to maintain my normal schedule as much as I can on race week, including rest days. I took a couple long walks – one with the dogs, one with Ryan – to get in my steps for the day and keep my legs loose.
Friday: 3 miles easy run
In order to keep an easy pace for my final run before the race, I ran with Charlie. We averaged an easy 9:24/mile.
Saturday: Rest day
I always like to rest the day before the race rather than do a shakeout run.
Sunday: Snohomish Women’s Run (1:34:57)
Racing is hard. The final 3-4 miles of this race were hard work but the closer I got to the finish, the more I was motivated to push. I crossed the finish line with 1:35:00 on the clock and a 1:34:57 chip time, placing 8th woman, 9th overall, and 2nd in my age group. This feels pretty surreal and honestly, I’m super excited and proud of this race.
How was your week in running?
Did you race this weekend?
What race felt surreal to you?