Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Race Week is Here!

Last week, I ran my final big workout of 2015. The workout was 4 x 1 mile with each mile a bit faster, and I felt stronger and ran faster than the last time I did this same workout. It was just the confidence booster I needed with Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio 10k in just a few days!


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!

- ST

16 comments:

  1. Good Luck! I've run a 6.2 and 13.1 in a weekend and just went out and had fun! Ironically I PR'd in both races. You'll do great!

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    1. Thanks! It sounds like you had a great race weekend experience! I'll be happy with a PR in just one race ;)

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    1. Yay! Hope the Rock n Bloggers can meet up at some point!

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  3. Good luck on your race(s)! I am sure the half marathon will fly by once you are on the course. I go the other way, a 5k seems really short to me. I am just getting warmed up by mile 3! :)

    Does Ragnar Relay count for multiple races in a weekend? If so, recovery is a challenge because you are in a van moving and when you do have an extended break you usually dedicate it to eating / sleep. I just try to use a roller and stretch as much as possible.

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    1. Thanks Bob! Ragnar sounds like quite a challenge to me. I'm not sure I could do one so have nothing but respect for those that do the race!

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  4. Go fast; Take Chances! Have a great Race! (Like Bob above--only Ragnar!_

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    1. Thanks Wendy! That totes reminds me I should wear my Oiselle t-shirt with that saying on it this week :)

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  5. Good luck this weekend, I don't think you really need any more advice than your coach has already given you.
    I've done double marathons in 1 week, and when I was back in High School, I did a lot of double 5k's and 10k races two days apart. It all comes down to how you trained. Marathons I treated them both like one race and made sure not to over do the first. But for shorter races I would always pick the first one as the goal pace race, but quite often more than not, by the next day the legs were just ready to go again so sometimes I would even do better in the 2nd race than the first. Every race is different.
    Your an awesome runner, so it wouldn't surprise me in the least if you do quite well and hit goals in both races. I'd say focus on race 1, when it's done then focus on race too. I always say a lot comes down to what you tell yourself you will do, the mind is a powerful tool, and with it in the right place of thought you never know what you will accomplish!
    Have a great race and trip this weekend! I love San Antonio and I really enjoyed the Marathon when I ran in back in 2012, I know the 5k course is super flat because it's the first 3.1 miles of the marathon. Have no idea on the 10k, but if it's in the city, it's likely very flat too! Good luck, enjoy the sights its a beautiful city, especially at night when it's all lit up around the riverwalk!

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    1. Thanks Kristy! What you mentioned is basically my plan this weekend - run hard during the first race and see what happens during the second race. I would love it if I have enough left on Sunday to still run a great second-day of racing race!

      That is a great course tip for the 5k - I was wondering if it will be flat or hilly!

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  6. Good luck this weekend! I'll be running the half marathon there on Sunday.
    You're much more prepared than I am. I haven't even considered race day outfits or food.
    I've ran two races in a weekend and even two races in one day. I say give it your all for the first race and then go by feel for the second race.

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    1. I'm a planner to a fault :) Best of luck to you this weekend, too! It should be a fun race!

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  7. So I just did the Remix in Vegas. I decided I would race one and run the other for fun. I raced the 5K and then just ran the half without a care in the world :)

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    1. That Vegas Remix is on my bucket list - I think it would be so much fun to race along the Strip :)

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  8. Oh my goodness - I can't wait to hear how it went - I'm on pins and needles over here!! :) I'm sure you had a FANTASTIC time!!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I'm finally tackling my to-do list after getting back from San Antonio. Recap to come! :)

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