Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Taper me Forward

Over the past couple of weeks, I've felt pretty rotten on the majority of my runs. I'm sure it has to do with the massive amount of pollen in the air and the sudden heat wave that has forced me to turn on my air conditioning in April. Despite having garbage legs in workouts over the past two weeks, the effort was still there, which is important to remember.

Instead of letting this overall bad feeling bring me down, I’m still heading into Cherry Blossom with an optimistic outlook. Back in the fall of 2007, I regularly had absolutely horrible workouts at Wake. The top five runners would always beat me in practice. However, somehow I was able to pull it together in races and always finished as either the 1 or 2 runner.

Now I’m in full taper and ready for that to propel me forward in this race. I did a light fartlek yesterday of 1-2-3-3-2-1 with half rest. My legs felt the best they had in weeks, with a light spring to my stride. The goal is a PR (faster than 1:00:50)!

Some cool things to look forward to other than the race:
1) At the expo, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers will be presenting and signing autographs!
2) Matt and I are going to a pre-race dinner at the race headquarters hotel.
3) Megan and I are starting in the advance women’s start, so we might be running with Joan Samuelson
4) Yogurt with mochi in it after the race in Georgetown
5) My mom is going to be there to cheer

Most importantly, I’m excited to share the experience of this race with my Charlotte Running Club friends in a team competition and to see the DC sights on a run!


mrn said...

you are going to do so well at cherry blossom! you've had some solid workouts over the past month and i have no doubt you'll set a new pr! wish i could be there with you guys but i don't think i can swing it. =( keep you-know-who in line for me.

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