It’s official: My 5th race is one week away. So that means it’s time to start my pre-race preparation.
My last race was a 10k trail race so it’s nice to step back a bit and do a simple 5k road race. We’ll be heading out the Angel Stadium for the Angels 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run early Sunday morning. I’ll be running the 5k and my son will be participating in the 1 mile Fun Run! He’s very excited to race and I wish they had scheduled the races further apart so I could see him finish at least.
But maybe that will be the umph I need to push myself and finish faster. I’d LOVE to be at the finish line for him!
My last 5k was in February and I finished in 35:08. I’d LOVE to see my time be under 35:00 and since I ran my 10k in 68:48, I think it’s completely possible. So my goal is to finish in the 34 minute range.
This all means I need to get my head on right and keep my race in mind all week. I’ve got a list in my mind of what I need to do to be prepared to run on Sunday.
- Use the foam roller daily to help loosen up hip flexors and IT bands.
- Keep hydrated.
- Up the healthy carbs and eat lighter meals.
- No exercise after Thursday night.
- Stretches or yoga before any exercise this week.
- Sleep! And lots of it!
I’m up to 5 races so far. I’m almost half way done with my goal of running 12 races in 2012 and yet every time a race rounds the corner, I get nervous. Not that I’m scared or anything but I definitely feel anxious as the day comes closer. Not sure exactly what it is that haunts me but I can feel it now as I start to peek at my weekend and see that 5th race just staring back at me.
Here’s to a good week and lots of carbs!