Race week. Boom. I felt surprisingly calm, and like all I had to do was not mess it up. Things that would normally send me into an Anxiety Girl tailspin were no big, just dirt off my shoulder, Jay-Z style.
Nothing could phase me. My iPod broke twice? Oh well, I could just sing in my head. The forecast fluctuated dramatically all week long? I decided that those formative years spent running in Ohio, land of snow during outdoor track, may just come in handy. It was going to be 20-30 degrees colder than originally forecast? Hmm, I should probably get some running tights that fit. (I lost 20 lbs. in the spring/summer of 2012, so I haven’t quite replaced some of my cold weather gear yet.) My friends were dropping out of the race right and left? I didn’t need them, I’d trained hundreds of miles alone. I was focused and ready to get it done. Or, more appropriately, Own It.
As you know if you follow Salty Running on Facebook, I did it! I broke 4 hours. A full report will follow, but here’s the wrap up of my final training week.
Monday – My plan called for 4 miles, with the last 2 at race pace. I ran with my dog for the first 2 (taper had been making her a little crazy!), and then hit the last 2 in splits of 9:03 and 9:02. This worried me a smidge… race pace for a 3:55 is an 8:58 mile, but I hoped that the race day energy could put me over the top.
Tuesday – Sooo windy! We were feeling the impact of Hurricane Sandy, with gusts up to 38 mph. I got in 3 miles at 10:01 pace with my friend and our dogs.
Wednesday – Rest.
Thursday – 3 miles at 9:32 pace, with 3 strides at the end. I tested out my new tights that I planned to wear on Saturday.
Friday – Rest and travel to Indy!
Saturday – RACE DAY! 26.2 miles in 3:56:54 (9:02 pace). Race recap coming soon!
Sunday – Rest 🙂 Oh, and some post-race indulgence.
Total – 36.5 miles