One of the mental tricks I use in racing is to pretend there’s an announcer talking about my performance. “She’s looking pretty great right now, no signs of fatigue and right on pace for her goal.” It adds accountability (even though imaginary) and perks me up. When I was watching the NYC marathon, I picked up on some of the things @shalaneflanagan, the announcer, said that I’m going to remember. — 🔸 “We know she can run fast but can she run fast when it counts?” 🔸 “She has the opportunity to showcase her fitness and all the hard work she’s done.” 🔸 “Older runners have the advantage of experience and maturity, which is often more important than pure fitness.” — These are just a few things I heard and I paraphrased her words; these aren’t direct quotes. I like the notion that the marathon isn’t about proving fitness, it’s about showcasing it, which is different! Growing up as a dancer, I love performing, but the idea of “proving” something is negative, and plagued me for years. — Also, even though I had so many amazing workouts, and they “count” for something, those workouts aren’t the race. Race day execution is a skill that goes beyond running good workouts, and that’s where experience comes into play. — Both me and my personal announcer are getting ready for the big day! 😄
Quick 3-mile tempo today in 6:53, 6:46, 6:36. The wind made this workout feel a lot harder than I would have liked, but it was over quickly. — I’m forecast stalking and there’s a major rain storm coming to Sacramento ahead of a cold front. I want the cold front, but it looks like the race will be at the tail end of the rain, with humidity and mild temps. Not horrible, but I wish the race was Monday! I’m not worried or stressed. I think I’ll run well regardless of the weather.
Symptoms of of a tapering runner: — If you notice any or all of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, you might be dealing with a marathon taper. — 🔸 Frequent hand washing, as often as once per hour. 🔸 Frequent weather checking and refreshing, from as many as 5 different sources. 🔸 Frequent eating and increased appetite 🔸 Increased shopping. Note: this symptom may be heightened when mixed with Black Friday weekend. 🔸 Mysterious aches and pains that resolve within hours, if not minutes. — Happy tapering! 😂😁😂
Cold, windy and wet! But at least the heavy rain didn’t start until after I finished. I started at 6:40a.m. to make sure I didn’t get drenched! — Last longish run before CIM. Everything felt great. I started out at a pace of around 8:30 and worked my way down to 7:45 by the end. I was pleased with how low my heart rate stayed at the faster paces. — That makes 56.2 miles for the week! Today I’m focused on packing for the trip to California and making sure I don’t forget anything.
It’s been a solid month of training with 283 miles! I feel ready to race CIM next weekend and I think that I’m in the best shape of my life! My goal for the next week is to avoid all the germs. November highlights: — 🎉 It was my birthday! 🎉 I ran a new half PR in 1:30:58 🎉 I traveled to Indiana and Rhode Island 🎉 I won second place in a Turkey Trot 🎉 I stayed healthy and ran every day — I’m so excited about CIM and it’s almost time to start weather stalking! 😂 Also, final reminder for anyone who needs a CIM hotel or wants to move to a hotel that’s next to the finish line, @destinationcim still has some packages left!
I’m answering some commonly asked questions about yesterday’s Turkey Trot! — 🦃 Will I have PR cake? Greg got a PR by 25 seconds (19:24) so he will get the PR dessert of his choice. Probably not a whole cake so close to CIM, and he prefers cookies. If there’s enough room on the dessert for my time, it will be much smaller! I will not update my PR board, because I do not consider it an official PR. I know I’m fit, and that’s what matters most. — 🦃 Why did they erase my chip time? Even though the top 3 runners are based on gun time, according to USATF standards, they recently stopped publishing those runners’ chip times in the results. This comes from the 2018 Boston Marathon when women who were not in the elite field had faster chip times than some of the elites. The elites, who had an earlier start time, were the official winners, but people questioned it because of their slower chip times. Now, since nobody knows the top 3 finishers’ chip times, the gun time cannot be disputed. — 🦃 Not a question, but I forgot to talk about my marathon pace “cool down”. About five minutes after I finished, I ran 3 miles at marathon pace, average 7:16. These miles didn’t feel like that much of a strain compared to my 5K effort and I think that’s why my coach wanted me to run them. To make me realize that marathon pace isn’t THAT hard. So I essentially ran back-to-back 5Ks but I didn’t think to run the extra 0.1 on the cool down! — 🦃 Yesterday, my running streak reached 1,000 miles in 116 consecutive days of running! (1006 to be exact). The streak will end before CIM next week. — 8.4 windy miles this morning. I felt great!