6 more days until the Capital City Classic and I’m not feeling as confident as I’d like. Some how I got sick over the weekend and was forced into taking two days off from running. And that meant that I missed Sunday’s long run. Obviously, I know that I can run 10 miles since I’ve run 2 half marathons all ready this year but I like that last long run to give me the confidence going into the race that I know I’ll complete it with my head held high.
However, with 2 extra rest days under my belt, I think I will be well rested for this race. The goal for the rest of the week is to get my scheduled runs in and watch my nutrition. I need to eat good food so on race day I have lots of energy.
The weather is looking good or Sunday. We were supposed to get a storm in today but it seems to have blown by us and headed up into the Sierra where it’s been snowing overnight. I prefer cooler temps for racing. The cooler the weather, the fast I run to keep warm. It’s the universal law of freezing my butt off.
Normally Tuesday are not a scheduled run day for me but since I had the last two days forced rest, I wanted to get up this morning and run. I intended to run 5 this morning but it was really windy and after 4, I was done. It was a considerably slower run than my normal pace but I hadn’t eaten much over the weekend so I didn’t want to blow away all my energy.
It might have been a slow run this morning but on the upside, I did have negative splits. There is something special about negative splits, especially when you’re racing. The “plan” for Capital City Classic is to run more by effort than by pace but to be honest, it’ll be a combo of both. I’m hoping to start with a 10:30 pace and work my way down. I’d like to finish with my lap pace closer to 9/mile. But the best laid plans are, at best, tentative.
I’m seriously thinking about utilizing race day packet pick up for the first time ever. I always, always, always pick up my packet the day before the race. That way I can plan my clothing and pre-pin my bib to my shirt. I’m considering race day pick up because I’m extremely lazy and I don’t want to drive the 35 minutes to the Sports Authority where the packet pick up is located. Lazy!
Do you pick up your packet before race day?
How do you come back from being sick?