Guess what….. It’s race week!!
I haven’t ran a race since the Best Damn Race Safety Harbor 10k back in February, and that was while I was pregnant. I was quite cognizant of my heart rate and effort at the race, so I am excited to just get out and run this coming Saturday at the Fit Foodie 15k!
I’ve had some really great long runs lately, getting in all of the mileage I set out to do. This past Saturday, I was up and out the door by 5:20am and had one of my most enjoyable runs in quite sometime. It was so so quiet out and I finished before the sun even came up, so the temps were not as bad as they could have been. Don’t get me wrong, it was still crazy hot and humid out there, but the lack of sun makes such a big difference around here.
I only ended up skipping one of my long runs due to some childcare hiccups, and replaced that run with a 5.5 mile double stroller run. So I can’t really even consider that a skipped long run – more so different perceived effort. Double stroller running = hard. So hard!
Although this is a race, I am surely not racing it. I am in no kind of shape to push myself like that. I know I’m in shape to complete the race, not “see what my legs can do” in a 15k. I do however, want to enjoy the race, so I do plan to cut back just a tad this week so my legs are feeling good and not sluggish. Here is my plan for the week:
Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: HIIT workout
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 3 miles
Saturday: 15k race!
So really, I am just cutting out one HIIT workout and cutting my Wednesday and Thursday runs back just a little bit. Nothing crazy, but enough to make it so I am not walking up to the start line with tired and sore legs.
My plan for the race is pretty darn simple. Line up with those runners looking to run a 9-9:30 minute mile and pretty much stay there. I tend to always get to the front at the start, but I am going to stay far away from my normal tactics! I don’t want to go out too fast and end up completely dying 5-6 miles in. That will definitely happen if I’m not careful!