#StockadeathonTraining: Week #9 // Less Than One Week Out; Setting Race Goals

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In the late summer of 2017, I set out with a goal to train for a 15K with a different perspective than my norm. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to my goals if I revisit them on the regular.  This is week nine.

Monday October 9 – Sunday October 15

Total Miles Planned:  12 miles.

Total Miles Ran: 12 run, plus 3 walked.

Favorite Run: Again, the long run of the week is the winner. I ran 6 miles on Sunday morning, heading out around the same time as I will be running the race this coming Sunday.  I decided on a simple 3-mile out and back for my route. Choosing a road I often run was smart; the familiar landmarks popping into view as i approached was a nice way to pass the time. 

Least Favorite Run: Note to self: do not run ‘1 mile for time’ the day after your long run when your legs are most likely to feel like stones.

Other Workouts: At this point in the training, my mid-week runs aren’t remarkable.  I’m simply getting the miles done; always running in the evenings after work.  I’ve been making a habit of including my run in my commute home from the office, adding an extra loop here, or detour there, to hit my mileage.

Listening Notes: Another week of podcast filled running. Throughout the week days, I listed to portions of This American Life #630: Things I Mean to Know and Pop Rocket: Monsters Under the Bed during my workouts.

For long run Sunday, I made a playlist of shorter-than-normal episodes and segment-heavy shows, as is my “pass the miles” way.  6 Mile Sunday Playlist includes:

#StokadeathonTraining Reflections: The last few weeks of training have been a lot of going through the motions and sticking to a plan because I made a plan and it is visible. And I signed up for a race and I won’t waste the money. And because I started updating my blog about it and apparently accountability IS a thing that works sometimes. And because, honestly, a lot of life right now is going through the motions and having something like a weekly long run to look ‘forward towards’ and ‘back upon’ has been one thing that may be helping the onward motion in a figurative sense as much as, if not more than, a literal one.

Regardless of whatever place mid-slump I find myself in now, it’s hard to believe that race day is now less than a week away!  Please join me in begging Mother Nature for an upswing in temperature for Sunday morning, because as of my writing this we’re looking at a 27 degree forecast at the start light. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.  Not a fan; but I promise I will layer up and not refuse to show up at the starting line no matter the temperature. [come onnnnnnnn, 40’s!!]

I’ve been really diligent about my meal planning this week; packing veggie and protein balanced breakfast and lunch for each week day at the office and prepping all the ingredients to throw together dinner after work each day.  The goal is to be satisfied by the healthy foods I’m choosing and be in the best shape I can for race day morning. Since cold season is creeping in, I’m also boosting up with extra zinc and vitamin C to make sure I’m hitting the recommended dosages.

Now is the time that I need to focus in on my race goals.  I really believe in the A-B-C goal setting technique I’ve been using for my last several races.  Here are my goals for the 2017 Stockadeathon 15K:

  • Goal A, achievable goal: cross the finish line.
  • Goal B, stretch goal: sub 2:00:00
  • Goal C, kicking butt and taking names goals: sub 1:55:00

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