Tomorrow I will be heading to Derry, NH to run the Boston Prep 16 Miler. And yes, it is actually as hilly as the attached picture shows. This race will be a training run for me as well as a chance to get out and be on course with many other people heading for the same goal of completing the Boston Marathon this year.
My coach Denise (The Sustainable Athlete) does not want me to “race” this one. The plan tomorrow is to:
- practice nutrition for marathon day
- practice hydration
- work on mental focus
- work on pacing for the last 30 minutes (8:15-8:30)
- to get in some hill training
- to have fun and get a positive mindset for racing the Boston Marathon
It is a little weird to go to a race and to not truly race it. I am always in a competitive mindset on race day so it can be tough to hold back. However, when training for a bigger goal it is important to practice discipline and to keep my eyes on the prize. This race is like a “quiz!”
I am hoping the winds won’t blow me away on the course like last year! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Have a great training day tomorrow and happy racing if you are on a mission tomorrow!