So about that plan

After I ran the Orlando Half, I mentioned that I was formulating a plan for the next race but didn’t really talk about it. Mostly because I can talk all I want but when it comes to doing – eh, I don’t have that much drive to actually succeed.

I don’t know if it was the plan or luck, but I ran the Celebration race 20 minutes faster than the Orlando half and I felt great the whole time. Since the plan maybe sort of worked, I thought I’d talk about it. Basically, I wanted to focus on three things before the race:

  • Lose 10 lbs. (I lost 3 lbs. Over two months. <— LOL)
  • Run outside more and on the treadmill less. (Check)
  • Fix my attitude. (Ehhh…nope)

So I stuck to some of the plan and that’s more than I usually do. I did significantly more running outside, which makes me work harder because I don’t have a treadmill to propel me forward. It also made my weekday runs a mile or two longer because I wasn’t going to drive out to the park for just 2 or 3 miles.

Besides my second marathon, the 3M half is the only race where I felt good the entire time. So I had a brilliant pre-race plan as well. Do exactly what I did before 3M. I know. Amazing. Somehow, that didn’t cross my mind before.

That plan was:

  • Limit my workouts the week before. (Check)

I went to Crossfit on Monday, ran 2.25 miles on Thursday, and sat and stared at walls the rest of the week.

  • Drink the Friday night before the race. (Work with me here.)

I used to always think drinking the week before a race was a horrible idea, but every time I do it, I have amazing races. I mentioned this to hubs and he thinks it has something to do with water retention the next day. I have no idea if that’s true, but I’m going with it. Because beer.

  • Eat a burger and fries for lunch the day before. (Check)
  • Eat a PB&J for breakfast the morning of the race. (Check)

I think that’s the the formula that works for me. I’ll be trying it out again for my next race on March 1. The race is on a Saturday so I guess that means I’ll have to drink on Thursday. The sacrifices I make…

Oh, and for those with morbid curiosity at what it looks like to catch a sidewalk with your face.

It looks worse than it feels and only hurts when I accidentally bump it. It’s low enough on my chin that most people think I’m either an abuse victim or ask if I have ink on my face. So yeah, it could have been in a cooler spot.


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11 responses to “So about that plan

  1. Nicole

    Ouch! Hope it heals quickly.

  2. Plus you got new shoes. That had to help!

    Your chin looked like me knee did. It went away 3 weeks later… lol. I can’t wait until it turns green.

    Woot for BDR. I am actually not excited about it. But I’m trying to be.

    • Paula

      It’s already yellowing. Soooo gross.

      Yes! The new shoes were a big help. I’m not excited about the course for BDR, but I just ordered some new powder blue compression socks to help get me excited!

  3. KatieG

    I thought you were growing a goatee.

  4. Melissa

    I commented last night but your blog hates me.

    So, what I said was AND you’re doing tempo runs! That is part of the plan, no? AND you’re going to quit doubting yourself and believe that you CAN run 8:57 miles and not die–or even faster! AND you’re going to stop thinking that you’re not made to run super fast because you CAN do it.

    AND you’re going to find a cute outfit to wear well in advance of this race so you don’t have a freak out the night before.

    • Paula

      Yes! Tempos are part of the plan but I don’t talk about that because then it will jinx me. Duh! But dude, I need to start looking for a damn outfit NOW. The night before Celebration was the worst. We’ll see about that other stuff. heh.

  5. Julie

    Ouch! I have to say, your plan looks perfect to me.

  6. I think it looks like a goatee

  7. Oh, your poor chin!

    I’m really intrigued by your alcohol consumption before a race. In theory, I know it’s not good, but you’ve proven the theory wrong!

  8. kathleen

    Loving the bruise. I feel like if you don’t have a good running injury… you’re not a real runner. Check that off your list too.

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