It’s LI Half Marathon day! Let’s pretend to be all cheery and excited about the possibility of rain throughout the race. How the forecast went from a sunshine pretty second half to the weekend to OMG stay indoors it’s going to be a rainy day I don’t know but, really, when are weather forecasts ever that accurate?
It’s much better I suppose than having too much sun which creates too much warmth so maybe running in the chillier air with some rain falling will be a good thing! Let’s go with that thought process.
Some pre-race preparation details:
Rest Day yesterday. Sometimes I do the full rest day two days before a half but this time I chose yesterday as my full rest day. I hate not running Saturday mornings though! It takes me HOURS to feel awake, friendly and normal when I don’t run, especially on a Saturday morning.
Number Pick Up. I got my number quickly and easily yesterday morning. I didn’t hang around for the expo but I did get my race shirt which is super nice this year — long sleeve with a hood. Love it!
The Carbs. I had my favorite french toast bagel from Stew Leonard’s for lunch (topped with eggs and jelly). It was piping hot and fresh from the oven, just dusted with powdered sugar when I picked it out of the bagel bin – seriously one of my favorite meals right now and perfect for before a race.
My son had a little league game in the afternoon. Each year that I have run this half marathon, my son has had an afternoon game the day before the race so sitting behind the chain-linked fence taking pictures through the holes was perfect tradition for me.
After the game, we went for pizza. Sometimes I like to eat home the night before a race and then sometimes I just want someone else to do my cooking (as I have basically all week! I haven’t made dinner in days).
Pizza from La Scala plus a small side salad and bread from the bread basket seemed like a perfect pre-race dinner. I had one grandma slice and one marinara slice (both corner slices, I like the corner pieces for the extra crust).
Honestly, this taper week is a bit of a blur to me. I was so busy in 100 directions plus had my son home from school for Passover spring break that I barely remember my workouts. I followed Laura‘s taper schedule for me perfectly. I skipped Pure Barre (I miss it by now!!) and ran mostly short and easy miles aside from Tuesday’s tune up workout.
By now I am totally itching to run and TOTALLY missing my routine. I will never understand how people give up their workout routines — I can’t even remember to brush my teeth in the morning when I don’t run on schedule. Seriously.
Monday – Yoga & 5 Easy Miles
Tuesday – 7 Miles Tune-Up (4 Miles at goal pace)
Wednesday – 4 Miles
Thursday – 4 Miles
Friday – 3.25 Miles
Saturday – Rest!
Sunday – 13.1 Half Marathon
The plan is to start easy for the first 3 miles and then pick up the pace, holding it until mile 10 and then picking it up as much as I can! Not so sure how the weather will affect my plan but I am rested and ready to get this thing going.Race Day! Plus my week in workouts #running #halfmarathon #lihalf #longislandhalf #raceday #fitfluential Click To Tweet
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