As I write this, I’m
cooling down warming up after completing the last long run of my NYC Half training plan. This time next weekend I will be heading to the Big Apple with a bag packed full of running gear instead of litigation papers, my mind on pacing instead of patent law!
This is my first “destination” race, and I am so excited! While I won’t do my packing until Friday night, I have done a few things to get ready.
Gearing Up For The NYC Half
I learned a few weeks ago that I won’t be able to use my Orange Mud Hydraquiver so I borrowed a Fuel Belt from a woman in my MRTT group, and took it for a test run at last week’s Reston 10 Miler. (Did you see my recap?) Since it worked out well–I won’t blame it for the frost!–it’s in my bag of running gear to take to NYC. The pocket on the Fuelbelt barely fits my phone, so I also will be taking my Roo Sport magnetic pouch for an extra pocket if I decide not to wear a jacket.
Speaking of which, while it’s a bit too soon to start stalking the weather for next weekend, it could be interesting on Sunday morning!
I’ve also set aside a tube of Nuun, a packet of peanut butter crackers, a packet of Cliff Shock Block Energy Chews, and my Albuterol inhaler.
On Friday night, I will decide on a few options for what to wear (including extra layers I can toss/donate at the start), and make sure I take my Garmin and charger!
Is there anything else I need to be sure not to forget?
This week I focused on recovering from the Reston 10 Miler, which took its usual toll on my calves.
I thought a 6 am indoor cycling class would make for an easier “day after” than my usual 5 am OTF class.
Tuesday: An upper body + core routine from Quick Strength For Runners (<<Amazon affiliate link — check it out!).
I eased off my treadmill paces a bit, both to give my legs a break and because we were running at incline level 4. My heart rate was higher than usual, which could be a sign of working harder at that incline, or still being tired from the race.
Thursday: 2.5 mile walk
Wednesday night I got a 75 minute sports massage that focused almost entirely on my calves and piriformis. (My ITBs were in good shape–yay!) My legs needed even more recovery after that, so Thursday morning I opted for a brisk walk instead of a run.
Friday: CPY2 at Core Power Yoga
Anne encouraged us to “play” but I wasn’t ready to try any headstand poses. I did manage to hold crow for longer than usual.
Saturday: 7.5 mile easy run
I was debating between 6 and 8 miles, and sort of compromised with 7.5 After some balmy weather on Thursday–when I didn’t even need a jacket to walk outside–it was it the 20s again.
I think the birds were wondering where Spring went!
Will I see you in NYC this weekend?
Do you take a rest day after a sports massage?