Here we are ladies….the home stretch. We have less than four weeks until the Princess Half. My running has been going great. The Galloway Plan has been working well for me. I feel really comfortable with my 1/1 or 2/1 intervals. My speeds have been consistently at 12 minutes per mile during my maintenance runs and 14 minutes per mile in my long runs. My longest long run has been 10 miles, where I maintained my 14 minutes per mile speed. I still have three long runs and twelve maintenance runs before the half (wow that does not sound like much!) I feel like I am ready, but I still have some things to figure out. There are lots of little tweaks I need to make before then.
- · Outfit: I have lots of ideas, but not the total package yet. Rapunzel is my chosen princess, but I don’t have much of a costume yet. I do have an Under Armour tech shirt in the prefect shade of lavender, a tiara Bondi Band and my Brooks running shoes. I still need to settle on Sparkle Shirt and some fun accessories.
- · Nutrition: My usual prerun meal is (don’t laugh!) a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin and sugar free iced coffee. I eat in my car on my way to the race. Since this won’t be possible on race morning, I have been experimenting with different ideas. My favorite so far has been an English muffin with peanut butter. I was also happy with pop tarts. During my long runs, I don’t eat anything. I usually eat a Luna bar right after. I have quite a variety of during race nutrition to test out, like Sports Beans, Honey Stingers, GU Chomps and Clif Bloks.
- · Timing and Intervals: I have been very back and forth on this one. My finish time is not that important to me, as long as I don’t get swept! Do I take it easy and enjoy the race or do I push hard, giving myself extra time for photo ops? I don’t want to be completely exhausted at the finish line, but I really don’t want to miss enjoying the race sights and sound, characters etc.
- · Sleep: I am quite the night owl and I really don’t enjoy waking up early. This will be problematic for race day. I am not sure how to work on this. We have a very early flight into Orlando on the Friday before the race. I am considering making a very early breakfast ADR on Saturday morning so I am tired and fall asleep faster on Saturday night.
How is your race planning going? Do you have it all figured out? What is left for you to plan in this last four weeks?
A dream is a wish…