Second, tonight was my last training session before the Rock 'N Roll Chicago half on Sunday. Jenn from Running For My Life, "C" and I did 2 loops and wracked up an unimpressive 2.45 miles in 36:45. We did a short warm up then did 2:2 at an average 13:45 m/m pace. We did that until the last half mile or so when we walked the rest as a cool down. This was just a final shake out session. I sure do LOVE running with people!!!! The more the merrier!
Finally, as my last "live" post before I head outta town, I wanted to sum up things leading up to and into this weekend's race. "C" and I have spent considerable time running (figuratively not literally) through all aspects of the full weekend and I'm as confident as I can be about my race strategy (which I admit would NOT be what will work for most of you reading this, but it contains all the stimulation I'll need):
Training by the numbers:1. # weeks in this training cycle = 12
2. # miles = 196
3. # training partners = 7 (JH, JW, "L", "C", SBFF, "A" & "T"" (+ Spring Into Training Participants)
4. # long runs over 8 miles during this cycle = 6
5. # training runs accomplished: 40
6. # training runs missed: 4 (but I actually did 4 miles more than the schedule called for)
Race Strategy:1. Doing it solo (my new friend joining me in Chi-town "MOA" will be a corral ahead of me)
2. Using it as a training run for my September half where I hope to PR.
3. Wearing a tutu, princess sash, and tiara to solicit as much crowd support as possible
4. Play as many mental games: Count steps, imagine frenemies, imagine "C" running next to me (she suggested I cut out a picture of her head and put it on a stick and carry it with me - I'm not past doing that)
5. Writing quotes on my arm with a sharpie - might look dumb, but I've selected a few and think they will help around mile 10 when I typically get pretty cranky (now accepting suggestions)
6. Eat a lifesaver every mile if I need it to distract my mind.
7. Do 2:2 intervals at least until mile 5 when I will give myself permission to walk through no more than one interval a mile.
8. Call "C" at mile 9 if things are sinking fast!
9. Have fun - take in all the sights and sounds!
Again, don't forget to check out my Friday theme post! I'll be back early next week with a race recap!
Eeek - the race is really happening in 3 days and a wake up!!!!!! Here goes nothin' . . .