Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Training Tuesday: I Have a Race Saturday


Today has been a rough day, workout wise. I started at CrossFit Rise this morning with tons of upper-body work, then a benchmark workout. We did Christine, which is a 500-meter row, 12 deadlift of a weight equal to your body weight and then 21 box jumps. I didn't quite lift my body weight, going with 105 pounds. It still took me 15:51, so I'd like to do this again in a few months and see if I can improve.

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 hunt
    I'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.

7 comments:

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I'll be doing the 5k so hopefully I'll see you there!

Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian said...

I just had Maggie add a meet up to the Chicago Running Bloggers calendar. We're meeting at 8 a.m. at gear check.

kilax said...

Good luck on Saturday! It does look like it will be a nice day! And it sounds like you have made a lot of progress with CrossFit!

Have you done any medium runs (6-8 miles) close to 1:50 pace? That would make me feel better, going in, with that goal! :)

Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian said...

Yes, that would have helped, but no, I haven't raced since December.

Maggie Wolff said...

Good luck on Saturday!

Xaarlin said...

Good luck Saturday! Hopefully the weather cooperates for you. I'm sure all that cross fit has helped you tremendously. Core work: something I need to start doing.

Losing Lindy said...

I will be walking the 5k with V on Saturday, hope to see you there