I have three more days until the Broad Street Run is here! Even though it is my third time running the race, I feel more excited/nervous about it than before. This whole week I’ve been terribly unsure what course of action to take to make sure I am fully prepared for the run Sunday morning. Balancing training for races and playing in sports is crucial, as I learned last week when too much soccer sidelined my hopes of a PR/Age Group win in my 5K. I know there’s no chance I’ll place Sunday, it’s far too big of a race for an average runner girl like me, but I would love to PR. So, here are a few things I’m doing over the next couple of days to get ready:
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The weather is looking pretty damn good for Sunday, but sun and pavement do not mix well and even with a starting temp of mid-50, it can feel hot. I’m making sure to stay well-hydrated over the next few days.
- Supplement. In typical fashion, it seems like I am coming down with a little bit of a head cold. While I don’t know if taking vitamins is really going to make it go away any faster, I’m going to give it a go anyway. My diet isn’t always the best, so supplementing with vitamins when I don’t get all my nutrients from food is a must. And the head cold leads me to my next point.
- REST. Lots and lots of rest. I planned to go to Conshohocken Running Club’s Thirsty Thursday tonight, but I think I’d benefit more from an early night in bed. The same will go for Friday and Saturday nights. The race starts 30 min earlier this year, which means we need to haul our butts out of the house even earlier to make it to the start on time. Last year was a little dicey. I may go out for an easy 3 mi in my neighborhood after work, but most of the time will be spent snoozin.’
- Ice Baths. I’m years late on this trend, but I finally tried it after a leg day session at the gym left me wobbly for DAYS afterwards. I actually really enjoy them (wtf?) and my legs feel pretty good after. You know, minus the lovely soccer bruises.
- Finally, some quality time with the foam roller and Tiger Tail. Massaging out any kinks and tight spots can be painful but so worth it. Amazon has a ton of options ranging from $5 to $50, depending on what you fancy. Personally, I have the one from Gaim at $25 which came with a handy DVD I have yet to watch. Non-DVD options obviously will be a little on the cheaper side.
I haven’t decided on my ABCD goals and I’m not 100% sure I will set any for this race. My overall hope is to finish anywhere under 1:20:00, which I think is doable if I play out the next few days right. I’m extremely excited to hit up the expo tomorrow and pick up my RUN215 tee to sport during the race. If you see a chick aimlessly wandering around with blue highlights, that’s probably me! I cannot wait for Sunday morning and sharing the road with 40K other runners in our beautiful city! And the beer, of course. Always the post-race beer. ;)