I’m now just one week away from the New York City Half Marathon. After waiting a year to run this race, I’m very excited to have a chance to participate. So far the weather.com forecast is looking pretty good, too. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the weather report sticks!
|(I know weather.com stalking a week a way is pretty pointless, but I can’t help it)|
All that’s left now is to rest up and have a little faith in my training. I know I’ve worked pretty hard for this training cycle, especially considering how badly I was injured back in November. My weeks consisted mostly of once-a-week tempo/speed intervals, a long run, and lots of easy miles. I ended up peaking at 45 miles/week (well 44 and change – thanks dailymile for rounding up) and averaging about 36 miles/week for the cycle.
|Mileage for the training cycle from dailymile.Don’t ask me why the last week in Dec./first week in Jan. were split into two weeks.|
I know some prefer to do their final long run one week out, but I’m definitely a fan of running my longest run two weeks out and starting to cut back my mileage from there. Luckily, there was a local racing series that was holding a 25K about 10 minutes from my front door. A long run with built in support and company? Count me in!
I knew it was going to be a tough run when I realized a portion of the course was going to run through some of the roads where my marathon training group met over the summer. I recruited my friend Dahlia from the city to come out and join me, and I knew it wasn’t just me when she told me she would never complain about the hills in Central Park again!
But despite the tough course, I did feel stronger and faster than when I ran in the area over the summer. I was even able to pick it up for the last few miles at goal race pace.
|Finishing the 25K. Clearly I had no idea there was going to be a camera.|
I know all of this should be evidence that I am strong and ready-to-go for race day next weekend, but I am still so nervous. The last time I tried for a sub-2 half was last May, and that turned out to be an epic fail. I just hope all my hard work this training cycles pays off!
Any last minute tips leading up to race day (or cures for race day anxiety)?