It's been awhile since I've raced anything longer than a 5k and it's funny to me how these days the 10k distance seems incredibly long. 6.2 miles may as well be a marathon!
The past few weeks/months of training have gone really well - workout times were nailed, long runs went well and it was all held together by solid glue miles. Of course, no matter how great the build-up, you never know what's going to happen on race day! But as always, I have a great race plan from Coach Matt.The goal time and paces give me all sorts of butterflies but in a good way - I'm up for the challenge!
The one disadvantage I have going into this race is not knowing the course. Since this is my first trip to San Antonio, I can't visualize different points along the course, which I usually like to do the week leading up to a goal race. But I'm telling myself this will just force me to stay focused during the race and who knows, it might even be fun not knowing what's next on the course ;)
Since this is my first destination race, I have my race day plan pretty well thought out:
The Pre-Race Fuel: Picky Bar (Need for Seed) + Banana + 16 oz Nuun (Fruit Punch)
The Race Outfit: Lululemon Black Speed Shorts + Oiselle Pink Flyte Tank + Lilytrotters Compression Socks + Sparkly Soul Headband + Saucony Kinvaras
The charm makes these shoes lucky ;)
The Race Logistics: Arrive at the race 1 hour before the start. Do some walking/light jogging. Strides.
The Race Mantra: "Be Brave"
After the race, I'll run back on the course to find Mom and run her into the finish line. Then it's time to take an ice bath and spend a little time with my legs up the wall to recover fast for Sunday's 5k race.
Sadly Eddie will not be in San Antonio to help with recovery!
Since I'm not sure how I'll feel after the 10k, I'm not setting any goals for the 5k race. If I feel good, I'll go for a faster time. But if I'm still feeling the 10k, I'll take it slower and just have fun!
My questions for you:
- Have you ever raced twice in one weekend? If so, what was your strategy for the races? How did you recover fast enough to race again the next day?
- Do you like knowing the course before you race? Why or why not?
- What is your typical pre-race routine?
Wish me luck, friends! I'm nervous and excited to see how this one is going to play out. And let me know if you're by chance racing any of the San Antonio races - it would be fun to meet up!