When I registered for my very first 5 km race, I only gave myself 2 1/2 weeks to prepare for the big day. Plus, this is a very busy week since I’m in my church’s Living Christmas Tree. We have 5 performances this week. Yikes! What have I gotten myself into? I must have lost my mind!!!
I had to modify my schedule a bit, but I haven’t stopped training even though I’m pretty busy.
Every 2 days, I hop on my treadmill. My first run of the week is a 30 minute run where I aim for a faster pace than my previous week. My second run of the week is a speed workout where I alternate 1-2 minutes of easy run with 1-2 minutes of very fast running or sprinting. For a total of 20-30 minutes. My third run of the week is a long run where I don’t stop until I’ve finished 5 km. I’m not a fan of my third run! I’m a bit embarrassed to say that it took me 49 minutes to complete 5 km last week. I’m skipping my long run this week so I can save my energy for Sunday’s race day. I’ll focus mostly on my speed training tomorrow and rest until Sunday.
My average pace in each run has varied a bit between 8:30 and 9:30. I’m not sure what is happening to me, but last year I was able to run at a pace of 7:30 and now I’m struggling to stay below 9:00.
I’m trying not to think about it too much and just focus on finishing the race, regardless of how fast or slow I am. I’ll keep working on my speed during the winter months to prepare for my next race in the Spring/Summer of 2016.
I’m a bit excited and nervous about Sunday’s race. I’m eating healthy and trying to rest well. I’m being cautious so I don’t wear myself out and get sick before the big day. Singing my guts out for 2 hours, 5 nights in row, can take a toll on your body. So this week is all about taking good care of my body.
Saying a little prayer wouldn’t hurt either… Ha! God knows I need all the help I can get right now! 🙂
How do you use the last few days before a race to prepare yourself?