How am I getting ready for Sunday?
One. Taking it easy on my body. I did a short 3 mile run/walk yesterday, am resting today, and plan to run a short distance with a friend tomorrow after work. She's (re)starting to run so we planned an easy workout. Perfect. I'll likely do a little arm and ab work Thursday and stay loose on the elliptical, but I'm leaving my legs alone after last week's hard core soreness. Add stretching and foam rolling, and that will be it for the week.
Two. Obsessively checking the weather forecast. So far it's looking a little warmer than my favorite race temp (50ish degrees) but still fine and nothing like Chicago 2010, the last time I ran this far. And the high dropped from 72 to 70 degrees today, a good trend. This is the current state of weather via weather.com. Considering the race starts super early, we should be in good shape if this holds up.
Flavors new to me: Orange and Tropical
Four. Eating well, especially good carbs like whole wheat pasta. Even the work chefs are on board - they conveniently served whole wheat spaghetti yesterday and a lovely brown rice medley today. Yum.
Five. Planning my race day ensemble options! What to wear, what to wear. I'm thinking about my new favorites from Oiselle, the distance short and simplicity tank with arm warmers. I might swap the shorts for my long-term favorite Lululemon Run Inspire crops. It may be mental, but I like having the feel of even a little compression on my quads and knees when I'm running long. Both the shorts and crops - and more shirts too - will come along for the ride, and the final decision will be race morning as usual.
Oiselle Distance Short
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend and maybe I'll see some of you at Big Sur!