Sassafras’s Training Log – 11.4.12

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.

Indy at night
The Indiana State Capitol, as seen from my hotel.

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!

Sub-4:00 marathon - check!
Tired but smiling after the race. Sub-4:00 marathon – check!

Sunday – Rest 🙂 Oh, and some post-race indulgence.

Post-race chocolate…. mmm.

Total – 36.5 miles

Southern transplant who loves 90s boy bands, outdoor adventures and college basketball, although not necessarily in that order. Recovering running perfectionist.

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