Race week training isn’t the most exciting: easy runs, short workouts, and everything else that comes with tapering. All the tedium is well worth it on race day, especially when race day results in a huge half marathon PR.
Monday: 5 mile easy run
I ran a simple out-and-back with Ollie at an easy effort.
Tuesday: 2 x 10 minutes (6 miles total)
This race week workout totaled just shy of 3 miles of running at race pace. I didn’t quite hit my goal pace in the workout, but this was just one workout out of a pattern of stronger workouts. This run felt refreshing, especially during the taper.
After the run, Ollie helped me foam roll.
Wednesday: 5 miles easy run & Pilates
The weather was absolutely beautiful this week. After the run, I did a brief 8 minute Pilates workout to work on mobility before the race.
Thursday: Rest day
I like to maintain my normal schedule as much as I can on race week, including rest days. I took a couple long walks – one with the dogs, one with Ryan – to get in my steps for the day and keep my legs loose.
Friday: 3 miles easy run
In order to keep an easy pace for my final run before the race, I ran with Charlie. We averaged an easy 9:24/mile.
Saturday: Rest day
I always like to rest the day before the race rather than do a shakeout run.
Sunday: Snohomish Women’s Run (1:34:57)
Racing is hard. The final 3-4 miles of this race were hard work but the closer I got to the finish, the more I was motivated to push. I crossed the finish line with 1:35:00 on the clock and a 1:34:57 chip time, placing 8th woman, 9th overall, and 2nd in my age group. This feels pretty surreal and honestly, I’m super excited and proud of this race.
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How was your week in running?
Did you race this weekend?
What race felt surreal to you?