Anyhow, the incident served as a reminder that I need to be more careful since it's race week. And not just any race week - I'm aiming for a PR. Now is definitely not the time to get injured in some type of freak fall or accident!
I'm super excited to race this weekend. During last week's speedwork, I felt like I could keep hitting my paces all night long so I know a PR is within reach. It's a matter of remaining calm and collected before the race, getting to the start line on time, pushing hard during every single mile (no slacking during the second mile), and embracing the pain and going all out during the last quarter of a mile. Easy, right? ;)
The race day forecast is a balmy 21 degrees. However, no PR attempt is complete without a speedy looking outfit. This means shorts, not tights - although I will probably add a Flyte Long Sleeve for an extra layer under my singlet. Here's my race day outfit:
Oiselle Team Singlet
Sparkly Soul Wide Rainbow Headband - for good luck!
And, leading up to the race, here's how I'm training:
Monday: 60 minute training session
Tuesday: 6 miles @easy pace; 30 minutes strength training
Wednesday: 6 mile workout, including 8x400m @goal 5k pace w/quick recoveries; 30 minutes strength training
Thursday: 6 miles @easy pace
Friday: 4 miles @ easy pace
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: The Elf Run 5k race
Total: 25 miles
Although it makes me sad to see only 25 miles for the week, I'm reminding myself that my goal is a 5k PR, not racking up as many miles as I can possibly run, especially since I don't have any longer distance races on the calendar right now!
My questions for you:
- Are you racing this weekend? If so, what are your goals for the race?
- How does your race week mileage differ from your usual training mileage?
- Do you have any key workouts that you do to help gauge your race readiness?
- At what point do you put your shorts away and start wearing tights/pants?
If you're doing The Elf Run this weekend, I'll see you at the start/finish line :)