Race Week (again)
|May 15, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
So, it’s race week (again). And it kind of feels like we were just here, because, well, we were.
But this time, it’s much different.
For Eugene, I was in full-on taper mode. Every part of race week was about resting my body, running super low mileage, doing no cross training whatsoever, and staying off my feet as much as possible. I hated it.
Well, I hated everything except the eating every carb in sight part.
For this 50k, I am not in target race mode. I’m just barely getting back up in mileage from the marathon, and I don’t want to spend another week tapering instead of training for future races.
So, instead of a super duper taper schedule, I gave myself a mileage allowance for the week of 30-35 miles. This should ensure that I’m fairly rested for the race, while still giving me a decent seven day total after I (hopefully) finish the 50k on Sunday.
Additionally, I’m keeping cross training on the table. Low-impact, easy cross training like pilates and swimming=totally fair game.
I kicked off this morning with a super easy, super slow, super struggle (since it’s been kind of a ridiculous while) of a swim to stretch out my body. An easy mile later and I feel stretched out and relaxed. It may not be total rest, but it’s restful.
While I hate that I can’t do as much as I normally would (like when I blew a third of my mileage allowance on last night’s run), I hate it less than full on taper.
To help approach race weekend in the best physical shape, while refusing to enter total rest mode, I’m focusing on treating my body well. I’m living in compression gear, I’ve been in bed by 8:30pm the last two nights (try not to be jealous of my crazy social life), I’ve cut out drinking for the week, or at least cut back, let’s not get too crazy here, and I’m eating clean. Or, at least not housing entire platters of mini corn dogs.
Not that I did that on Saturday night…
Lastly, I’m trying to mentally and physically prepare for the unique challenges of a 50k.
Apparently when it rains all week, mud forms, and it’s harder to run in. Crazy.
So last night, I hit a trail for like .1 miles and practiced sliding around in the mud, because that’s clearly enough preparation for 31 full miles of mud.
I’m hoping that Philly truly does just have one more day of rain for the week and then 4 straight days of sun to dry it all out.
Come on, sunnnn. Do your thang.
Otherwise, I’m prepared to get really dirty and maybe fall a few times.
And because it wouldn’t be race week without a little race registering. I did this this morning:
I’m such a sucker for race registrations that are filling up at record speed. I hadn’t intended to register for the race, but I did put a reminder about opening day on my Outlook calendar and I figure I need to do it at least once while I’m living in DC.
29980 participants already registered when I clicked the R button. 30,100 and full when I was done.
Some economics class could definitely do a case study on my inability to resist these situations.
Who else registered for ATM this morning? Any other race weekers out there in need of some group therapy?