Only a few days until the Charleston Half Marathon, and next week, I’ll be writing a race recap.
I feel like the 2 weeks before a big race is the toughest part of training. At this point, the hay is in the barn, so to speak, and there’s not a lot you can do to improve- but the nerves start to hit and you wonder if you truly did all you could in training.
I struggle with anxiety and confidence, and my biggest rival isn’t another runner- it’s my mind. I read a great article on Runner’s World this week, When the Mind is the Obstacle, and wanted to share it here.
This is the part that stood out the most to me:
“I want one day to be able to register or toe the line of a race and not worry that I am not good enough. I want to believe in myself like I can believe in others.”
Here’s how last week’s training went:
Monday: BodyPump + 7.2 miles. I ran 2 miles, then ran 5.2 miles with friends that afternoon.
Tuesday: 5.1 mile progressive/fast finish run in my neighborhood.
Wednesday: BodyPump + 5 mile sightseeing run downtown.
Thursday: TrySports Brew Run, 5.25 miles total. I ran 2 miles, signed in and took a picture, then ran 3.25 miles with the group.
Friday: 7 miles, including 4 x 400.
Saturday: No workout.
Sunday: 10 miles at OnShore Run Club. Yoga at Charleston Community Yoga that afternoon.
Total: 39.5 miles running, 2 BodyPump classes, 1 yoga class.
On Wednesday, I scratched a planned workout for a 5 mile “sightseeing” run downtown. I ran by the glass house on Murray Blvd (here is a Post and Courier article on the house) I’ve run so many interval and tempo runs downtown and never slowed down to notice the glass house. I also saw a beautiful sunset over the Ashley River, and it reminded me how much I love running and Charleston. This is home.
Aside from the sightseeing run, I really enjoyed the Brew Run Thursday night. I ran 2 miles before the brew run, then signed up and took a picture, then ran 3.25 miles with the group. Gary and I ran together and pushed the pace a little at the end. The temperature was in the low 30s and the Brooks brand reps were there with fun reflective vests for us to try on.
Saturday morning, I volunteered at the Charlie Post Classic 15K/5K race. Since being injured last summer, I have learned to say no to some races and opt to volunteer instead. The Charlie Post Classic is a great event (I raced the 5K last year), but I didn’t want to race so close to the Charleston Half.
As a TrySports Ambassador, I volunteered at the store’s sponsored water stop, and it was fun giving back to the running community and encouraging everyone. When I race, it means a lot to me to see familiar faces on the course, so hopefully we were a welcome site for the other runners. After volunteering, I went to the finish for the awards ceremony and to cheer in the final 15K finishers.
Sunday was my last long run, 10 miles with the OnShore Racing Run Club. We had a great turnout and beautiful weather with temperatures in the high 40s. I hope it’s like that Saturday because that’s perfect weather for your first or fastest half or full marathon.
As for this week, I plan to take it a bit easier. I decided not to taper, but I will focus on quality sleep, nutrition, recovery, and hydration this week and cut my runs short a few miles to have enough in the tank for next Saturday.