The last few days before a big race are filled with so many mixed emotions for me. The excitement for the up coming event, the stress that comes with packing, concern over if I trained enough, and suppressing the inner voice that fears gaining weight while I carbo load and tapper training. Today was kick off to all of the above.
This morning I swam 2,600 meters in an endurance workout. I focused on extending my arms while turning my shoulders more to get that extra reach. I did notice a little improvement in my pace, my 100’s were 2:05 fairly consistently. My strokes per length also came down one or two strokes. This I know thanks to the life guard who has helped me with flip turns counted AND my new Garmin was keeping track too. A very cool tool that is proving to be worth the investment. This evening I ran 3 miles – only 3 miles. It was an easy run and I felt great. My runs lately have really been feeling good, I can only hope it carries over to my race on Sunday.
Tomorrow I will swim and then the rest period begins. We are traveling Friday and plan on running 2 easy miles on Saturday. My favorite part about the day before a big race is I sleep in as long as possible. Fortunately my training partner likes the idea too because when we travel we share a room. The expo is a half mile from our hotel and we get in early enough on Friday to go and beat the crowds. Expos are always fun – so much to see, browse by, and maybe purchase a few things.
I keep reminding myself to not forget the important things about this weekend. First I am running, a sport I love and am grateful to be able to travel to fun places to run. Second, it is for such a great cause – The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. Seventy percent of proceeds go to the Mayo Clinic for breast cancer research—thirty percent go to The Donna Foundation to assist breast cancer patients and families with critical financial needs. And third – enjoy every moment and take it all in. What a great way to seize the day.