Somehow, after 16 weeks of training, it is already race week! I’m drafting this before my race and will just try to pop in Saturday afternoon to add some last minute updates. Hopefully by the time this goes live the race will successfully by completed! Let’s take a look at training week 16: race week!
Monday: 5 Miles with 6 x 2 minutes at MP
The weather had finally cooled off and my legs wanted to run. Marathon pace felt good, but of course it will in 2 minute increments! Later that day I was itching to run more. I never really get like that during the taper so this was weird for me! I think it was partly because my legs were finally feeling more rested and partly because of the nicer weather.
Tuesday: 4 Miles Easy
This was a nice easy run, but I did include some hills. I didn’t have quite as much energy as the day before. I started out slow and got slightly faster as the run went on.
Wednesday: Rest Day
A bonus rest day this week! I slept until almost 5, did some foam rolling, and got a few things done during the time I would normally be running.
Thursday: 3.1 Miles Easy with Strides
Last run of the training cycle! I felt like I was flying during the first mile but I wasn’t at all, lol. I did some strides at the end to remind my legs how to run fast. And that’s a wrap on training!
Friday: Rest Day
Oh man, this was such a day. I was SOO anxious. Work was pretty quiet so I didn’t have as much as usual to take my mind off of the race. My entire body felt weird and I was just a ball of nerves. I seriously questioned why I do this to myself. I love the process of training but racing makes me so nervous! Especially when I haven’t raced in two years.
Saturday: Race Day!
If you saw my post on Instagram, you know that my race didn’t go as planned. However, I’m really glad I didn’t give up. There were so many times I wanted to walk. It was so frustrating to have no idea what my pace was because my watch was all over the place (it counted 26.82 miles). I have much more to say about the race, but I’m just glad it’s done!
Sunday: Rest Day
Unfortunately for my family there won’t be our usual run today! (Unless they go without me). Maybe we will get out for a walk. Hopefully there will still be pancakes though. If only I wasn’t the one who had to make them….
You can find my other weeks of training here:
A Week of Ups and Downs (Training Week 15)
The Return of the Heat (Training Week 14)
Surviving the Peak Week (Training Week 13)
Welcoming September (Training Week 12)
Embracing the Treadmill (Training Week 11)
Trying to Outrun the Rain (Training Week 10)
Back to Reality (Training Week 9)
Staycation 2021 (Training Week 8)
Closing Out July (Training Week 7)
Lower Mileage and Lower Temps (Training Week 6)
Runstock 2021 (Training Week 5)
Focus on Effort (Training Week 4)
Making Adjustments for Heat (Training Week 3)
Training for a Fall Race: Start Where You Are (Training Weeks 1 and 2)
Do you get nervous before a race?
How do you handle the taper?