Countdown to Nashville: Five Days and Counting

Five more days until the half marathon in Nashville. I’ve got more to say about that but first, here’s my workout breakdown from last week:

Monday: Strength training and stretching.
Tuesday: Rest day (but still did some walking).
Wednesday: 30 minute slow run covering 2.79 miles at an 12:05 pace.
Thursday: Rest day (but still did some walking).
Friday: Rest day (but still did some walking).
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: Easy run for 9.3 miles at 11:30 pace.

This tapering off thing is hard to do. All this idle time is making me a little anxious. Wednesday’s short run was nice. I ran a very easy pace even though I felt like pushing it harder. I was supposed to run on Thursday but I have to be honest here, getting dressed at 4:30 a.m. to go run for only thirty minutes just doesn’t seem worth the effort. So I didn’t make the effort. I think at this point it’s not going to make or break me.

The weather this past weekend was beautiful. I wanted to run on Saturday but held off because I didn’t want to be faced with four days of non-running afterward. Went over to a friends house on Saturday evening and even indulged in a few gin & tonics. Since the middle of December I’ve drank very little alcohol and until just a few weeks ago hadn’t drank any. Sunday morning was sunny and the forecast showed things really warming up quickly in the later hours of the morning. We actually had a record high temperature for the day even. I wanted to get out there by 7 a.m. but it was more like 8 a.m. before I got started. It was surprisingly cool with a breeze when I started. It didn’t take long to warm up but the breeze seemed to pick up as I progressed. The goal was to run easy, staying in the 11:30-12:00 per mile pace. That’s how it started and it stayed that way until about mile six or seven. I was feeling very strong and the weather seemed to build up my spirits a bit so I couldn’t help pushing up the pace some. I stayed relaxed with easy breathing. I think the only thing that really changed by mile six was I continued at the same pace up the hills instead of backing off. My early miles were at about an 11:50-12:00 per mile pace but by the time I got back to my house with 9.3 miles logged my overall average pace was 11:30 per mile. My easy run ended up being not quite as easy as I intended. It’s fine though. I felt really good. Felt strong all the way. A year ago running seven miles seemed like forever. Now I can run nine like it’s nothing.

I am so ready for Nashville! I can’t wait to see my daughter and her family there. It’s been a year since we’ve seen each other. Looking forward to running with her and my son-in-law. He’s still sore from his fall a few weeks ago but feels like he can still do the run. I sure hope he can and not regret it later. It’s hard to say no after training for weeks. I know–been there and done that. Let’s hope he’s fine. He can run faster than my daughter and I so the slower pace with probably help. My daughter is a little faster than me but I have the advantage that I run more hills than her. Southern Indiana is pretty flat compared to Georgia. I’d say we are pretty close to the same for this event. I hope anyway!

Of course I’ve started laying out clothes, shoes, etc. for Nashville. And yes, I check the weather forecast at least once a day. It’s a little early but it looks like we have a good chance of rain on Saturday. I hope it’s not but I’m ready for it if it does. I’ve ran in the rain a few time in the past few months. I’ll be sure to take along some garbage bags to use as rain jackets so we can at least be dry until the start. Last week’s tapering off has me feeling rested and strong. I’ll get a couple of short, slow runs in this week but other than that it’s just drink up and rest up. I drink a lot of water anyway so the drinking up should be easy. I’m trying to get to bed a little earlier. I don’t have to get up at 4:00 a.m. to run I’m getting at least an extra hour of sleep a few nights this week that way. I don’t think I need to carb up that much before the race. I’ll probably eat pasta on Wednesday. Fish on Thursday and pasta again on Friday evening. I plan to eat really light starting Wednesday. If you have any suggestions, add a comment. I’m always looking for a new perspective on how to do things.

If you’re interested, you can follow my progress on race day by following Rick Hannon at Runner Tracking. That’s all I have for now but will post more later.

2 thoughts on “Countdown to Nashville: Five Days and Counting”

  1. I ran the half last year! It was so much fun! The hills aren’t too bad and the crowd support/bands are worth it. To be honest the first hill is up the one you go down for the start and it may have been the worst one on the course. The rest aren’t too big. The finish line is very very full so make sure to walk slowly through so you can grab everything on your way out!! Good luck!!

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