Months ago, I somewhat purposely planned to run the Cherry Blossom 10 miler exactly a month before my goal spring half. It seemed like pretty much the perfect set up.
I knew I'd be focused on speed work for much of the month leading up to CUCB and would use it to test my speed to see where I needed to focus for the last few weeks of training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.
I'm now 4 days out from CUCB and feeling underprepared, even though I've been seeing increases in my speed and have run 8-9 miles for the last 3 weekends. What gives?
– It's the first race I've really done as part of a training cycle, and so I'm trying to balance continued training with a small taper.
– It's the first race I haven't obsessively focused on the route, logistics, packing, outfit, etc.
– I'm seeing some wonderful friends, and want to enjoy that.
So here's my question: do I change my plan? Do I use it as a fun race instead of testing my legs?
Any brilliant training cycle race advice?
Anyone else running CUCB?
How do you normally mentally prep for race day? >