Happy May!! Finally!!! It’s about to be spring time up in here!
Because of my work trip, I haven’t done much running this week. Our nights were too long and days too early. Plus the sun didn’t rise until close to 7AM down there and that beautiful jogging path was pitch black at 6 AM when I needed to get my workout in. I did yoga and PT in my room instead. Yes I could have used the treadmill, but the motivation to leave the room for anything other than running outside wasn’t there. This girl is treadmilled out.
This morning I ran my first run since Sunday. I did a short loop in my neighborhood and left my Garmin at home. I just wanted to try this whole “running by feel” thing I keep hearing about. I had Map My Run all set up so I could at least record the run accurately, but alas, I paused it as I was putting my phone back in my Spi belt. All I know for sure is that it was somewhere between 2 & 2.5 miles and less than 30 minutes. I may do this more often for short easy runs.
The timing of this week’s Friday Five is totally on point for me this week. RACE DAY! Guess who has a race day this weekend? This girl!!!
I also found out this week that I won two tickets into the King Crab VIP tent after the race on Sunday!! It’s catered by Outback Steakhouse. I plan to eat AAALLL the Bloomin’ Onions when I’m done.
So with Race Day in mind, here are five things I’ve made sure to have ready for Sunday.
Sunscreen – Especially now. This time of year can be really deceptive. It’s sunny, yet chilly. So you somehow end up with a sunburn because it didn’t even cross your mind to put it on since it’s only 50 degrees out. If you are active, you also need to find one that is sweat resistant and won’t run into your eyes. Because who likes stinging and burning eyes when you are in mile 10 of your half marathon. If you have skin issues, you also want something good for your skin. I’ve always been a fan of Neutrogena sunscreen for my face, so I was pleased to find a “sport” version that won’t wreck my skin.
Fuel – No matter what your preference, you must have your fuel plan for race day figured out. I use gels and don’t really have a flavor preference. Here’s what I have on hand for Sunday. The fuel plan should also include your breakfast. More than likely I’ll have half a bagel with peanut butter and a banana and coffee to get my system moving along.
Hydration Belt – Not everyone uses one. Some people rely on the aid stations, but I like to have my fluids handy, plus it has a nice little pouch to hold my gels, ID, car key, money, etc. I usually like to fill mine with Nuun and if I want water I’ll hit the water stops. When looking for a hydration belt I went with a Nathan because I have a few of their other products that I like, plus I like the color. Priorities right? I’ve contemplated a vest – maybe this summer.
In addition to these “things” I also need to relax. I’ve done all the hard work. I need to trust in my training. I’m actually feeling pretty good this time around. I, thankfully, had no major setbacks. A few less than stellar runs, sure, but overall I couldn’t have asked for a better training cycle. I’m going to take it easy today and tomorrow so that Sunday will just be plain awesome.
Thanks again to the DC Trifecta for another awesome link up!
What’s your Race Day essential? How do you calm your nerves in the days leading up to a big race? Anything on tap for you this weekend?