Anyhow, after that, I went for my final run before my race Saturday. I had to knock out Run With Jess's Jelly Bean 5K. Last year, I did this in 24:10, so this year's 24:47 was not a PR. My running lunch 5K PR of 24:00 stands!
Fun fact: during last year's Jelly Bean virtual race, I wore a light top and shorts. I'm still rocking my Purple Rain running tights and a pull over. Spring, Y U not here?
I have another big training day tomorrow morning, but then I'll be resting up for the Egg Shell Shuffle on Saturday. Initially, I was gunning for a PR here. I outlandishly thought I'd strive for a 1:50:00, which would be a six-minute PR.
What I have going for me:
My sister and I at last year's family egg huntI'm the fittest I've ever been. My upper body and core are well-developed, thanks to CrossFit.
- I've worked on mental toughness at CrossFit and have that sharpness I can rely upon.
- I think my weight is back down into my pre-marathon range. I stopped weighing myself a few weeks ago because I was feeling good and my clothes were fitting well.
- I have cross trained hardcore. I train five to six days per week, incorporating weight lifting, swimming, cycling/spinning and walking.
- I've set a new 5K PR recently, which has bolstered my confidence.
- The weather is going to be ideal on Saturday.
What might hurt me:
- I've been running less, focusing on getting two runs in per week.
- I haven't been foam rolling, outside of CrossFit.
- I need to hydrate more, but there's still time here.
- I could use more sleep, but couldn't we all?
- It's been a very cold winter, preventing me from getting outside as much as I would like.
My strategy for the balance of the week is to hydrate, rest and foam roll. On race day, I plan to start with the 1:50:00 pacers and see if I can hold on. Otherwise, I'm going to PR that Easter egg hunt like a boss.