Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out a plan for the upcoming week.
The theme of this week was pretty much “I’ve never run a big race before, so I’m not really sure how to handle this taper thing.” Sure, this was supposed to be a light week, but other than the race, I didn’t run once. Not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing in the grand scheme of my overall preparedness. I also cycled 7+ miles per day, which may have tired me out. It will be interesting to see how “pre-race week” goes for future races.
Monday (Scheduled Cross-Training Day)
I rode my bike to and from work (~7.4 miles). I was supposed to go on a bike ride with my friend Sharon after work, but my legs were still incredibly sore from Saturday’s hike, so with very minimal arm twisting, she convinced me to go to a local pub for a beer and to split an order of chicken fingers and fries. Not exactly great pre-race nutrition, but it was actually just what I needed. When I got home, I massaged my quads, IT bands, and calves for a while, which definitely helped.
Tuesday (Scheduled 3 mile run)
I didn’t run. My legs were still stiff and sore from Saturday’s hike, and at that point I figured it was more important to be rested than to push it just to get in some last minute miles. I did, however, ride my bike to and from work (~7.4 miles), and spend some time stretching, rolling, and massaging.
Wednesday (Scheduled Cross-Training Day)
Other than riding my bike to and from work (~7.4 miles), I didn’t do anything.
Thursday (Scheduled 3 mile run)
I rode my bike to and from work (~7.4 miles), but didn’t run. Ben and I went for a nice walk after dinner, which helped to loosen things up a bit.
Friday (Scheduled Rest Day)
We headed down to my parents’ house after work. They’re in the process of moving, so they were exhausted, which was a perfect excuse to go to bed early. I got 10 hours of sleep, and it was amazing.
Saturday (Scheduled Rest Day)
I spent most of the day in my mom’s recliner, feet up and resting my legs. I drank a TON of water (close to 100 ounces) because the forecast for Sunday was hot and sunny. Ben and I drove down to Brattleboro to pick up my bib and t-shirt, and I also got a preview of the course. I had a big bowl of pasta for dinner and went to bed early.
Sunday – RACE DAY!!
You’ll have to wait for the full race recap to get the details, but suffice to say, I DID IT! WOO! I am now officially a half marathoner! I will get the race recap to you as soon as possible, because I know you’re all dying to know how it went (overestimating my own importance much?). I can’t wait to give you the full scoop!
Now that my half marathon training is over, I may back off a bit on posting here, since I probably won’t have as much to talk about–that is, until I sign up for my next race 😀 But I will for sure be here for my regular installments, Manic Monday and Friday Free-For-All. Beyond that, who knows?
Did anyone else race this weekend? How did it go?