So.... I have to say, I probably did just about everything you shouldn't do before a race, even if it was only the Spring Hill Fun Run 3k...
1) I had sushi for dinner. I guess the rice in the rolls could count as carb loading, but I doubt raw seafood is your best bet before a run in heat/humidity the next AM.
2) The evening began with a pounding of a Miller Lite and ended with a Solo cup full of Gin Bucket. Spaced in between were a Mojito and glass of Riesling. Before big races I usually have one beer to calm the nerves. If the race isn't long, I generally avoid alcohol. This time around I went with pretending I wasn't getting up early to run like everyone else I was hanging out with. Denial.
3) Walked around in a pair of 3" heels (to break them in) the night before a race. (They went with my brown dress.)
4) Oh and danced in 3" heels...at the house warming party I went to.
Side Note: Break Your Heart-- is a one-two punch of a download ;) It's great for dance parties---and running.
5) Went to bed after 2 AM. Bringing my hours of sleep to a grand total of: 5.5.
6) Ate part of a chocolate egg before the race.
Disclaimers: I did make sure to drink Powerade Zero, stretch, and take Advil before the race. I think I had the mentality that I knew I wasn't trying for my absolute fastest time, so all I had to do was run the whole thing.
Does anyone ever rebel at themselves or running? I think I've been so pissed I haven't been able to train I was very "whatever" about the 3k. I knew I wouldn't be sprinting so did just about everything I wouldn't normally do before a race because....I. COULD. (Usually I'll eat food that I know sits well, even if it's not my favorite. Make sure I'm not dehydrated. And go to bed early.)
My goal was to run the 3k in under a 10 min/mi pace. I finished the race in 18:46.. that's a 10:05/mi pace. This was a good test of how fast I could run a hilly 3k, not how fast I could cover the distance. Could I have pushed it harder? Probably. But, all things considered I'm quite happy. I was shooting for the 9:50/mi ballpark, so I came close. This race served two purposes for me:
1) Made me realize how much I love races and want to get back out there. BAD. A 5k will be in my near future.
2) Mentally made up for the sour note that was the Monument Ave 10k. No one likes to have a bad race. The 2010 Monument Ave 10k was the worst I've felt in a race (thus far). As of today it's no longer my most recent race and is truly behind me :)
As silly as it sounds, I'm proud of myself for running the whole thing. I'm not really in "auto pilot mode" anymore. And I hate hills. The majority of the race was not flat. A lot of people seemed to take walk breaks, which the more people I see walking, the greater the temptation to walk becomes for me. And I didn't give in.
Also, I've ran the past four days...Oopsies?!
Thursday Night I ran 3 miles on the treadmill-- 2 in 19:46. A 1/2 mile in 4:31. A 1/4 mile in 2:13. A 1/4 mile in 2:08.
Friday I ran 2 miles on the treadmill. The first mile was in 9:15. I then did a 1/2 mile in 4:30ish. And two 1/4 miles in 2:16 and 2:12.
Saturday-- I went for a run outside. I probably ran about 1.75 miles. Not quite 2. I was excited to try out a new jogging trail!
Then today I did the race. 8.5 miles in 4 days isn't a ton, but it's an improvement that I felt up to that. I'm still foam rolling and icing.
Here I am after the race with the kids I baby-sit. My "trainer" is the little one in front. Stay tuned for the race report!