Over the last few days I have been trying to get into a more positive mindset about this race. I think it was kind of therapeutic to write about my pre-race anxiety, even though it may have come off as negative and depressing.
Rob and I ordered “Spirit of the Marathon” and watched it on Sunday night while I foam rolled and drank nuun.
On my Monday run my leg was still bothering me, even though I took it easy and didn’t run any hills. I felt frustrated and continued to worry about how the race would go.
I went to see my chiropractor on Wednesday, and he did some ART on a spot in my quad where he said I have a huge, deep knot. He wanted to do dry needling but didn’t have time that evening (plus I had lotion on my legs and apparently you can’t do that with lotion on). So I will be going back on Friday for dry needling and to get taped. (If you have never heard of dry needling, you should look into it! I hadn’t heard of it until I started going to this office, and it cleared up my piriformis syndrome in 1 treatment after I had been to PT and 2 other chiros for a year).
After the ART last night I was hopeful about my run this morning. My leg felt better, but still bothered me for half of the run and I only did 3 miles. However, it felt much better than usual throughout the rest of the day. I am crossing my fingers that it feels good enough on Sunday!
I wanted to run in what I planned to wear on race day, but the weather this week wasn’t quite as warm as it will be in North Carolina on Sunday. I think I figured out the shorts and tank top I will wear, but I had to add a long sleeve layer on for my early morning run when it was still in the 40s. Speaking of race weather…it’s looking like it will be quite warm in North Carolina this weekend:
It will probably be in the mid 50s at the start and 70ish by the finish. I think the warmest weather I have run in since last October was 55 degrees. I’m not sure how my body will respond to running in those warm temperatures, but I can’t do anything about it except to make sure I stay hydrated.
I started making a list of what I will need to pack for the weekend. This is just a list of the “running-related” items.
Is there anything I am forgetting?!
And one last positive thing to add: On Wednesday I signed up for this:
I am going to the RRCA running coaching training! I have wanted to do this for awhile but the courses fill up really fast. I got an E-mail that they added new courses, and I signed up right away! My friend has a house in Cape Cod that is really close to where the training will be, so we are making a long weekend of it! I am so excited to learn more about running and be able to help other runners to reach their goals!
What are other race essentials that I left off of the list?
Have you ever used a running coach? What did you like or not like about the experience?