How I feel after carefully drafting that email.
And then Coach responds with a... "back off, bitch." Actually, she usually says something like.. "oh, that's cute. You think you know how to train yourself." BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.
Not so fast, Amy.
Anyway, there are a few things that I think will be core components of my training:
HILLS, HILLS, HILLS.
Course Elevation Map.
There are 3 pretty decent hills in this race. And the one there around mile 9.5 feels like Mt. Everest. So, I'm hoping to do a lot of training on the actual race course and I hope to try to incorporate running hills towards the end of a long run. Just to simulate the feeling of racing for 9.5 miles and then hitting a terrible hill when you're legs are already done-zo.
I know it's not going to come for awhile. But I am really looking forward to seeing what types of "sharpening" workouts I do in late September/October. I've really only done Marathon and Half Marathon training, so, I'm curious what types of workouts a shorter race will bring.
I say this in every pre-training email to Coach: I'm going to do yoga 2-3 times a week and try to get into a strength training regime!!!! Yay!!!
And then I'll do yoga like 3 times and that's it.
I've got all kinds of excuses for not cross-training. But, the bottom line is... I think for a shorter/faster race like this... a little core work and some muscle toning/strengthening could REALLY help. So, I am legitimately going to try to do some push-ups and some yoga fairly consistently during these weeks. AT LEAST twice a week. HOLD ME TO IT, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!
I've only been running about 20-25 miles a week lately. So... while all these other components are dancing around in my head, the reality of the situation TODAY is that I.... uhhh... need to get my mileage up a bit. So, most of August will be focused on that.