How inspiring was the NYC marathon on Sunday? My older daughter watched it with me and as Shalane pull ahead it was the first time she got really into a race- cheering and stressed out that she might lose first place!
I, like many of you, was crying along with her… especially after her injury just 9 months ago. Wow!
It was the motivation I needed going into race week. Normally I’m incredibly nervous but I’m oddly calm. I feel like I did my best with the time I had, so let’s see what happens!
Of course, I’m wondering if I did enough to hit my goals after taking 6 weeks off this summer. But it’s all good- I’m grateful to be running injury free and I’ll show up and focus on being in the moment and enjoying it.
On an ideal course, I’d like to go sub-3:20 and I feel like my training points to this, but as we know so well, anything can happen on race day. And I’m not sure how the hilly profile will work out for my pacing plan.
The best way for me to boost my confidence is to reflect back on the training I did, so here we go…
Number of races done: 3 (half marathon, and the 5k and 10k at the RW festival)
Nothing especially confidence boosting about any of these, but I got race pace miles in the half and used the 5k/10k to run pace miles in my 20 miler.
Number of long runs done over 15 miles: 6, with race pace miles in 4 of them
This is fewer long runs than I’ve run in the past, but they were higher quality so let’s hope that helps.
Number of 20 milers: 2
Again, fewer than I would normally do. One at a nice easy pace (9:11) and the other with race pace miles at 7:37 average with the RW 5k/10k in the middle.
Number of tempo runs: 11
These were a variety of race pace and faster than race pace miles. This boosts my confidence a bit!
Number of miles run at or near race pace (7:30s): 86
I feel like that pace is drilled into my head and legs pretty well by now.
Number of track workouts (400m-800m range): 5
Most of these were in the beginning of training before the long runs picked up. I did one 8 x 800m workout just a few weeks ago that felt strong. I look forward to more short track workouts at some point soon when I’m not in marathon training.
Favorite confidence building workout: 18 long run with 10 at marathon pace
I’ve never done as many high quality long runs as I did this cycle. In the past, I ran long runs easy and a few of them with a fast finish. Fingers crossed that my legs liked this style of training!
Average mileage: skip
I’m scared to tally this up because it was so much lower than I wish it had been. Mid September, I picked it up and kept it between 37-51 for the last 7 weeks before taper.
There was also a pool run once a week, sometimes twice to help boost the overall volume while preventing injury.
So what’s done is done… now all that is left is to show up ready to run my heart out and have a blast!
One last concern: weather!! The low Friday night is 26, getting up to the low 40s on race day… if most of the race is low 30s, how would you dress?
How do you boost your confidence before a race?
Do you visualize the course?