Of an 18 week training plan.
That means race day is on Sunday.
Cue freaking out like you wouldn’t believe.
Let’s talk about this past week, shall we?
On Thursday I posted a mini schedule for my remaining few days – now let’s take a peek at what I accomplished.
I set out for a 10ish km run and did 11km. I felt….okay. Really. Just okay. I don’t think I hydrated well during the day and the weather has been gorgeous but that jut meant my body didn’t know what to do with the heat and I started cramping with about 4km left.
Note to self: remember to hydrate on Sunday.
This was a 90 minute massage with my favourite massage therapist. It. Was. Awesome. I mentioned I’d been having some problems with my right leg and I think we may have determined what the issue might be, but I’m waiting until after the race to talk too much about it as I really don’t want any comments that will freak me out 🙂
Thursday & Friday
I knew I’d likely end up resting on Thursday because of the work she did on my shin, but my shin was still bugging me a bit on Friday so I decided to rest as well.
5.92km. No, I wasn’t about to run the additional 80m to make up the distance 🙂
I felt….meh. Definitely massively low on energy, so that wasn’t fun. I’ve been pretty stressed all week, so I think that’s been affecting my runs.
Goal: low stress week this week.
I originally posted I’d registered to run a 10k race on Sunday, but on my 5.75km run to the start I felt crappy. My legs were exhausted and I knew running 10k would take too much out of me so I downgraded to the 5k.
I managed a PR!
I’ve never officially ran a 5k race, so I suppose it was already a PR, but I know this definitely was. I’m still waiting for my official time to be posted, but my RunKeeper said 26:28 (I posted 26:45, because that’s what the clock said). If I had started closer to the front my time would have probably been 30-45 seconds faster because I was held up by a ton of people.
I made it my goal to have no one pass me – I almost made it – two people passed me near the end, but overall, I passed way more people than passed me.
Official 5k time: 26:30. Results: 16th overall 4th in age group WHAT EVEN?!
— Ange @ Cowgirl Runs (@cowgirlruns) May 25, 2014
My total mileage for Sunday was 16km with running to and from the race.
I definitely needed a bit of a confidence boost as I was pretty convinced I could no longer run fast at all.
This run was also in support of the Calgary Health Trust with a focus on mental health issues for women, which is definitely something close to my heart. It was really cool to see so many women out running/walking on a Sunday. I hope to gather my girlfriends to run this race with me next year.
My goal this week is to just listen to my body. I’ll likely be taking a rest day today and will aim for 10k or so each of Tuesday and Thursday. Normally I also like to do a shakeout run the day before the race, but my schedule on Saturday is unexpectedly busy (chiro, race package pickup, mandatory ultra meeting, assignment marking) so I’m not certain I’ll be able to fit it in, so I might head out for a 7km run at lunch on Friday.
Why am I not running Friday evening?
Well, because I’ll be attending the Calgary Marathon VIP Party.
I’ve gotten to know quite a few of the ForeRunners (I really wish I knew why I didn’t apply – I think I may have thought I needed something like 1000 Twitter followers or something) and Lindsay kindly offered to allow me to be her guest.
Tell me: Any and all encouraging words and thoughts would be appreciated!
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