Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ready to Race!

Last week, I wrote about a recent bad training week. I'm happy to report that last week's training was like a complete 180. And just in time, considering this week is race week!!

Earlier this week, Coach Matt and I solidified my race plan for the Nicolet Bay 5k. This is a goal race for me and I'm planning to run it HARD. I know the course since I did the race last year and it is pretty ideal for running fast. A flat out and back - it doesn't get better than that!

After last year's race - I was the 4th female and 2nd in my AG.

This year, I have three goals:

A: Run a new 5k PR
B: Run a 20:XX time
C: Not get passed by a single female after mile 1

I'm feeling pretty confident about this race. I've done the work and now it's time to see what I can do when it counts. One thing that I think will make a difference is that I trained a lot of workouts using minutes intervals rather than distance intervals. For example, two 11-minute intervals or three 9-minute intervals. It's been a shift for me to do intervals this way - instead of thinking I only need to cover a half mile during this interval, it's changed my mindset to I have to run for X minutes - how much distance can I cover? I plan to use this practice during the race by breaking the distance up into minutes. How much distance can I cover during each X minute interval?

As always, I'm sure my favorite mantra, Pay the Price, will come into play during the race. I've been preparing myself for the inevitable 5k race pain since last week. Visualizing the moment it hits and then remembering all the moments during training that I pushed through to successfully finish a repeat or run. Knowing I did it during training gives me the confidence that I can do it during a race. 

Hugging my wrist all week as a reminder for what I need to do on Saturday!

I'm ready to race and truthfully, I can't wait for Saturday. Just a few more days ... :)

Tell me: How do you prepare the week of a goal race?

- ST

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  1. Great goals, love #3! I have a feeling you'll achieve them!
    Good luck this weekend!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I hope I can achieve at least one of the goals :)

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  2. Good luck Sun! I just know you are going to crush all of those goals! I'm big into visualizing my success (even though I haven't had much lately). This is something I've done since my gymnastics days. I close my eyes and visualize myself running a perfect race. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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    1. Thanks Cecilia! I didn't know you did gymnastics back in the day - how fun!

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  3. Have a great race, Sun! I will be looking for a Twitter update this weekend and I cannot wait to see how you do! You've had some incredible training and I'm excited to see it pay off for you! Love your race mantra :)

    I haven't had a race in so long (too long!), but one of my goals for the new year..now that we're like five months into it ;)...was to visualize my races more. I plan on doing it before my May race though. I really do think it helps a ton, because at that point the physical work is put in, and there's always room for some brain training :)

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    1. Thanks Hailey! I'm excited to hear you have a May race on the calendar! I agree with there always being room for brain training :)

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  4. Good luck this weekend! Glad you had a much better week of training. I never thought to train using minute intervals - I like that concept.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Definitely give minute intervals a try - if nothing else, they spice up the usual speedwork routine :)

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  5. GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND, my dear!!!! You are awesomely prepared and you have the upper hand in knowing the course! You're going to do great!!

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    1. Thanks Salt! It turned out to be a good race and you're right - knowing the course helped!

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  6. Sun, have an amazing race tomorrow! You are so ready and so strong! All the best!!!

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    1. Thanks Leana! It was a great race - recap coming soon!

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