Prep for my first 4-miler

In an effort to ~*~get fit~*~, stay in shape, and keep myself strong, I’ve been signing up for short races through New York Road Runners and NYC Runs. I’ve completed three since late August, and have my fourth (and last of the year) on Sunday.

I find that having an event to work towards keeps me motivated. Some folks can go to the gym multiple times per week and break a sweat on the treadmill for no other reason than just to do it, but I am not that person. I have never been much of an athlete–not beyond my days as a co-captain of my high school bowling team. 😉  I’m not a fast runner, either, but participating in a race provides a level of accountability that, so far, has kept me moving towards bettering myself.

 Percy Sutton 5K
Harlem – Aug. 27NYRR Percy Sutton 5K

Time: 29:32

Haunted Island 5K
Roosevelt Island – Oct. 28NYC Runs Haunted Island 5K

Time: 29:51

 Abbott Dash 5K
Midtown – Nov. 4abbott-dash

Pace: 29:24 🎉

My goal in 2018 is to complete the NYRR 9+1 program that guarantees entry into the 2019 NYC Marathon. Whether I make it that far is a whole other story, but it feels good to at least set a goal and keep pushing towards it.

The race this coming Sunday is a 4-miler. I’m still trying to figure out how much rest I need before these events; for my slowest time, I ran 24-48 hours before the race… I quickly learned that was a bad idea.

Seven days out, this is my plan leading up to the race, including the past couple of days of exercise. My goal is to incorporate strengthening and balance through yoga with some cardio early in the week. For this race, I am leaving 3 days of rest.

Pre-Race Plan

Friday, November 10: 60 minute Vinyasa yoga class. Focus on balance.

Saturday, November 11: Practice run-through (literally) of the course. Cold with a wind chill. Steady pace and a couple minutes of pausing throughout as we navigated our way around the park. Completed in roughly 45 minutes.

Sunday, November 12: Rest day. My hips were feeling pretty sore, so I spent some time on the foam roller.

Monday, November 13: 60 minute Vinyasa yoga class.

Tuesday, November 14: 30 minutes of running hills.

Wednesday, November 15:  60 minute Vinyasa yoga class.

Thursday, November 16: Rest day.

Friday, November 17: Rest day.

Saturday, November 18: Rest day.

Sunday, November 19: Race day.

I’ll use this post as a benchmark what I actually achieve and how it goes on Sunday. More to come…

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