First of all, this is my 75th post on this blog! Wow! That’s the longest I’ve ever blogged, ever. And I had a few blogs in my time. This is very exciting.
Second, I may not PR this coming weekend at my race. I’m trying to be okay with this, but I’m not. I’m really not. I want to PR so badly.
Why I think I may not PR
1. My half an hour training runs have not come close to 5km
I’m currently training (6 runs so far this month out of 10 scheduled) by following a Jeff Galloway plan and running twice a week for half an hour as well as a long run on the weekends. I’m getting faster, which is good, but I haven’t made it past 4.01km in 30 minutes. Taking my fastest time, I’m running at an average pace of 7’34km.
Which puts my 5km at 37’50.
Which is frustratingly over 36.22.6 (my last 5km PR)
2. Music is “not recommended” on Sunday
I’ve become startlingly comfortable with running with music. Eminem kicks my stride and pace into high gear. I can literally find where the music came on when I am looking at my Nike+ stats.
I’m going to try a naked jog tomorrow (you should have seen Manfriends face when I told him this without explanation) and see how it works out. They haven’t said no to music, so if I can’t run very well tomorrow (I’m aiming for 2.5km, half of the race that’s on Sunday) I will consider having it anyways.
3. I lose the mental race
Yoga and meditation have been helping me out, as have some mantras and positive thought processes I try to adopt while running, but at some point I think “Man, I’m not going to PR” or “I can’t believe I’m trying to run a half”
I’m starting to lose the mental game, which is a surefire sign that I may not be able to kick it into high gear when necessary.
Why this may be
1. Lack of sleep
2. Lack of proper fuel for runs
One and two both stem from the fact that I’ve worked mainly mornings at 4:30 or 5:30 am, and I run around 1:30 or 2:30 before napping. I’m usually exhausted.
My lunch breaks and snack breaks run approximately every 2 hours, but they are 15 and 30 and 15 minutes in length, and I am rarely hungry for the appropriate meal. For example, today my last food before my run was at 10:10am, and it was half a bagel with low fat cream cheese, carrot sticks and yogurt. I ran at 1:30pm. I should have had that other half a bagel.
The course on Sunday isn’t hilly and the hills around me get me every time! So a factor in my slower times is probably hill related
4. My muscles were killing me today
Dallas (the yoga teacher from Monday), managed to surprise me by finding muscles I didn’t know I had, or could use. I was still super sore today and didn’t stretch. Lesson learned. Hopefully Sunday I will remember to stretch.
Why I hope I surprise myself
1. My most comfortable pace is around 7’10km.
When I get into the groove and feel good about running, I hit about a 7’10 pace. Sometimes faster. This would put my 5km at 35’50 and that would make me a happy panda
2. My mom and Manfriend will be watching.
This will probably kick my running into high gear. In addition to them watching, the fact that I’m racing people will probably also help me. I tend to try to catch the next person.
3. I’ve learned a lot since my last five km.
I have the knowledge, and I have experienced a race before. So hopefully, that will kick into gear and I will beat my time.
4. I will have gotten sleep and eaten better
The last few training runs I’ve done have been after being at work for 9 hours and after waking up at 4:00 or 5:00 am with less than 6 hours sleep. Probably getting more sleep will help.
5. Nike+ discrepancies
I actually have been running longer than I thought… so that should help.
6. There is hope in my only successful long run thus far
See that hope? Its right there in the 7’13 pace (a 36’08 5km). I ran 5.62 km that day in just over 40minutes.
With music or without?
What do I eat race day?
When do I start resting?
Public transit or drive or combo?
Tell me about at time you wanted to PR but didn’t. How did it affect you and your training? What mental strategies did you use/do you use when running to weed out the negative?
I’m sure I’ll be fine, I’m just trying to accept the fact I may not PR, in case it happens on Sunday.
Positive news: Two days till the Mom arrives in Vancouver! Yay!