And we’re down to the last week of training. This time next week I’ll be posting a recap of the race, going over things that went well and things that maybe did not go so well. I hope there are fewer of the latter than the former.
I didn’t run a lot last week. The first two days I took off to let my knee heel. By Wednesday it was feeling well enough that I took it for a 5 mile test run. I felt my knee, but it wasn’t painful. I went out the next day for a shorter run: 3 easy miles followed by 1/2 mile of “strides” – sprinting for about 20 seconds, then recovering briefly, again and again. That also felt good, so I squeezed in my last “long” run on Saturday. It was a 10-miler, but barely into my 3rd mile I had the crazy idea that I wanted to go fast, just for a little bit. I ran the rest of the mile nearly as fast as I could. Right after I finished that mile and slowed to “normal” pace, I thought that might have been a bad idea. But I finished the run feeling stronger and more confident and decided it wasn’t a bad idea at all.
I’m continuing to take it easy this week and to pay special attention to anything that doesn’t feel quite right: is there anywhere on my feet where my shoes might rub? I make a note so I can be sure to tape that area before the race. How do my clothes feel? Are my legs feeling tired? I’m taking it all into account with the hope that even if I can’t prevent every niggle, at least I know what I’m getting into.
It’s also time to think about carb loading – ideally I should be eating mainly carbs Friday-Sunday to fill my muscles with fuel so I don’t hit the wall. Carb-loading seemed to work pretty well for me last race, and I hope to do an even better job of it this time around. But we won’t know how successful I am until Monday afternoon.
My goals this week, instead of mileage or speed, are to sleep enough, eat well, and stay off my feet as much as possible. Wish me luck!