Well with that 2.9 miles in the books and race day tomorrow, the 2014 season is about to come to a close. It seems like only yesterday that we were stranded in Boston putting the kibosh on my first attempt at 26.2 miles. A year later, as Boston is again getting pounded by a blizzard, I am comfortably at home with temps in the 80s. Now we see how everything works out.
The plan was to go easy today but not having run since Monday I was feeling a little antsy and was a bit quick. Once again the hip stiffened some even though I got a good warm up in but within 3/4 of a mile it loosened up and all was good. Or so I thought.
Not getting out until almost noon, temps were already in the high 70s which got the HR up over 137 and it didn't want to come back down even as I slowed up. I probably should have walked it down but my ego got the best of me and I just decided to plug along. I really wanted to stretch it out anyway with tomorrow being the race.
So now I'm as ready as I'll ever be. No use doing any second guessing over my planning and training as that's all behind me anyway. Going into tomorrow I feel like my conditioning is where it needs to be and aside from some niggles in the TFL and PF I'm injury free. Also after a week of super clean eating with probably less than 20g of carbs a day, I dropped 7 pounds so I'm down to my preferred racing weight of 146.
So after 10+ hours sleep last night, a short run and a few hours of gardening, it's going to be another early one with a wake up set for 3:30am. The race starts at 7 with temps expected to be in the mid-70s by 9, it's going to be a warm one.
But I'll take hills and heat over snow and cold any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Week ending February 14th - 7.9 miles