I’m sitting here next to a tall glass of water, in my running shorts and tank, having completed my last shake out run before the Eugene Marathon tomorrow.
4 months of training came and went just like that, didn’t it? Hilarious that my last post was about registering for Eugene, and now this post is the Pre Race one. But here we go!
I want to recap my training a little, because this cycle was different than years prior and here’s why:
1. The Running Streak lives! I completed my 495th day of running-in-a-row, today. I am beyond grateful for this gift. I so appreciate that I can lift both legs off the ground every day to hit the trails/pavement/treadmill: injury free, happy, healthy, mobile. This streak is more meaningful to me than the miles. My body lets me play outside every day. I really am lucky.
2. Quality > Quantity. Now you’d think the above bullet point would mean it’s all about the quantity, but that it is not, my friends. Weez and I toned down the mileage and just listened to our legs. This cycle followed the usual build up to 2 20-milers thing, but the week day runs were light and deliberate.
3. More Sleep. We rearranged our running routine (thanks to the HUGE benefit of both working at Intel) to meet over lunch, instead of waking up at 4:30AM like we did in 2014. This meant way more sleep, happier legs, and a much needed improvement to the relationship with work/life balance.
4. Mild winter. Sorry midwest friends, but the PNW had such a wonderfully mild winter/spring. It’s been in the mid 50s or warmer since February. It’s always more fun to run when weather is on your side.
5. Weight. Be it as it is, I weigh more today than I did a year ago. Race weight is not a thing I tried to achieve this year, but the demon still rides my back. I fight the battle with myself all too often but try to keep reminding myself that I am healthy and that’s as good as race weight skinny.
As for realistic race day goals?
A. Sub 3:25
B. Sub 3:30
C. Enjoy Track Town USA and the massive, massive treat of sprinting down historic, legendary, iconic Hayward Field into the finish line. I almost want to bring my phone during the race, just for that moment.
See you at the finish line, Marathon #9! Here we go!
PS. Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredibly strong women out there that are MOMS. Especially, to my mama :)