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?