Five days out and a confidence-crushing run

22 Jan

Five days ’til the race and yesterday marked my final “long run” — a 13-miler.  I should mention that I was supposed to do said run on Sunday, but I was a bit hung over under the weather.  Oops.*

Anyway, it was, as the title of this little post implies, the opposite of a confidence-building run — the opposite of what one would want for the last long run before a big race.  My legs felt like spaghetti and I was SO.  SLOW.  I didn’t try to push myself, because it was, after all, six days out from the race.

To add to this, I had the delightful experience of needing to make a stop at the New York Sports Club, or as I call it, my $100 a month public toilet not once, but TWICE.  $*%^!!!  To use a bloggers’ favorite phrase, sorry I’m not sorry that’s TMI.

Anywho, I’m trying not to dwell on this, but that’s much easier said than done.  I’mma come out and say that my A goal for this race is within the 3:30:xx range.  My B goal is a BQ (3:35:00 or under.)  I really won’t be thrilled with anything else, but I guess I can call my C goal anything that’s a PR (3:38:51 or under.)

Meggie’s most recent post urges readers not to put one race on a pedestal, which is something I’m doing an OK job of for Miami.  However, I’ve never trained so hard for any race.  I’ve never peaked above 55 mpw before (this cycle I peaked at 60) and I’ve never done Yassos or focused tempos or MGP runs before this cycle.  I really want to see this pay off, but I also know that in any run, including an important race, sh*t happens.  (As was quite literally evidenced during yesterday’s run.)    I also know that I have a good 7 + months to qualify for 2014 Boston.  And I also know that even if I don’t qualify for 2014 Boston, life goes on.

Oh yeah, and I can’t complain that regardless of what happens at the race next Sunday, I’ll be spending a few days on South Beach while it’s negative eleventy billion degrees here in NYC. 🙂

I’m ready for you, Miami!

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*word to the wise– if you do not have any intention of or desire to become overserved, do not order the Cobb Salad at Schillers and then proceed to drink a bunch of red wine, followed up by beer, and then allow yourself to be peer pressured into doing a pickleback shot.

9 Responses to “Five days out and a confidence-crushing run”

  1. sweatykid January 22, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    My last 12-13 miler the week before a marathon is always shitty (figuratively, at least). Maybe that’s just a thing. Your race will be great — you’ve put in the work, now you get to cash in and enjoy it. I hope the weather rocks. Good luck!

    • Katie January 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      Thanks, SK, you running guru, you!

  2. Lori January 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    you are going to do amazing — you have trained so hard for this! go katie go!
    will be cheering you from nyc!

    • Katie January 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      Thanks, baber ❤

  3. Kimra January 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    LOL @ “$100 a month public toilet.” I am right now basically holding onto my 24 Hour Fitness membership so that I have places to “do my business” and shower all over San Francisco. SO EXCITED FOR YOU — fingers crossed for a great race!

    • Katie January 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      Haha, so you know exactly what I mean! I also use the NYSC to lock my sh*t up in random places if need be. Down side: I now have to carry a lock with me everywhere. And, thanks for the good wishes!!! 🙂

  4. Kristy (@RunTheLongRoad) January 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    good luck!!!! delete that run from your memory and instead think about the training cycle as a whole. not only is it more positive, it’s more accurate 🙂

  5. Alli January 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Nice nod to NYSC! GOOD LUCK IN MIAMI!

  6. janegwinston February 3, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    I appreciate your advice. I will stay away from Schillers. Good thing I don’t eat cobb salads….

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