If you didn’t know I was doing a race last week, don’t worry. I didn’t tell anyone! Except Rob, because he had to pick up my bib. I’ll be sharing more about this surprise race later this week, but for today I want to back up and talk about the week leading up to the race.
So to back up a bit, I started running again after taking 6 weeks off at the end of August. Around the end of September I got up to running 6 miles, then I did a 10 miler and 11 miler over the past 2 weeks. I talked about how I knew this wasn’t a great strategy, but I was just going with what felt good. I also shared how running 3 days a week has been helping me to keep up with my strength and cross training.
So around the time that I was able to complete the 11 miler, I decided I wanted to sign up for the half marathon. I registered, but for some reason it charged my card and never processed my registration. So for a few days I was in limbo while I sorted it all out, not sure if I would be racing after all.
Luckily early last week the race directors were able to refund my registration so I could register again, and I had a bib number right before online registration closed. I knew that in order to pull this off, Rob would have to pick up my bib. Packet pick up was Thursday and Friday, and I would be away for work in DC. So it all worked out and I was able to participate.
However, spending the 3 days before a race traveling for a work conference is never a good plan. I got back on Friday night feeling all out of sorts and really tired. In the end I was still glad to do the race, it just wasn’t ideal timing and all things considered became a little more stressful than I had planned.
Here is my recap of the week leading up to the race:
Monday: 5 mile tempo run
I ran a 10 minute warm up, 2 x 10 minutes hard with 4 minute recovery in between, and a 10 minute cool down. This was on a hilly loop. I wanted to get my legs used to running faster, but I also knew that it wasn’t like I could really “train” for this race in a week or two. I made sure to do my only hard workout on Monday so my legs would have some time to recover.
Tuesday: Strength training
Wednesday: 3.1 miles easy
This was my first run in my new Levitates that Rob gave me for my birthday last week! So far, I really like them.
Thursday: Modified strength training/cross training
On Wednesday after work I drove to DC. I wanted to do something on Thursday morning, but definitely wanted to take it easy. The hotel gym was small and kind of crowded. I did 10 minutes on the elliptical and then a few strength training exercises. I didn’t have the equipment I needed for my regular workout and also didn’t want to be sore for the race.
Friday: Rest day
My body was not happy from 2 full days of sitting in a conference plus long drives in traffic to and from DC.
Saturday: Baltimore Half-Marathon
I ran the half in 1:52:51, which I was pretty happy with, all things considered. It was a warm day and they changed the course this year, adding a few extra hills at the end.
I made sure to sped some time with the foam roller which I have neglected lately.
I have so many things I want to share about the race, but I need to try to organize my thoughts. Also, there are free race photos so I am hoping to have a few of those before posting my recap!
Have you ever signed up for a race at the last minute?
Does traveling throw you off?
How were your workouts last week? Who else raced?!