The Men’s Health race is this weekend.. Status? Ready. No twinges, tightness or anything else I had to work out like before the last race. I attribute that to forcing myself not to go nuts after a long run. By nuts I mean – after a 12 mile run I usually would follow that with 50 or so squats with the sandbag and some other exercise. I like doing my workouts in threes for some reason. So I would sprinkle an easy day or two in between harder days focusing on core work, shoulder and arm strength.
My main goal this time around is to beat my time from last year. I am pretty confident I can do this because last year I focused more so on pacing as it was my first race there. Now I know where I can push it more. I am ready for the hills even more than last year & I am going to try and beat my time on the stairs in the stadium. Since its so close I will do a full review of the race after it is over. No need to going over each obstacle now. It looks like most are the same and there may be some exciting new ones to challenge us.
I remember how chilly it was at the start of the race last year…but what I wore worked (shorts, tank & arm warmers). So no need to change that. I have been running & working out early in the morning while training anyway so this is a non-issue. One thing I will make sure to pack/bring is some warmer things to wear AFTER the race. After the race was over I was unconsciously shivering alot…I didn’t even really notice it until one of the guys I was talking to pointed it out..haha. So sweatshirt & warm pants check. Also having a Honey Stinger Energy Gell 1/2 way thru the race was great…so check. Carb-loading the night before the race worked well also, check.
Life has been busy (which is why I have not blogged sooner), a lot of good things are slowly coming together & studying for the personal trainer certification is going well. Rather than jinx em’ lets just leave it at that. Throughout it all I find that my best days are preceded by my hardest workouts. Grinding things out early in the morning helps calm a sometimes chaotic mind…and I love the soreness throughout the day just to remind me of a 6am training session.
Alright short & sweet..next post hopefully with lots of pics from the race & for sure a review of my second time around. Woot woot!