It’s the big question when an event is a week away. It’s the question people ask me and it’s the question I ask myself. I only missed one run in 14 weeks, and over the last few weeks I’ve maybe missed 2 miles overall. It’s the closest I have EVER stuck to a training plan. I haven’t had as many strong long runs as I would have liked, but most of my weekday miles have felt good.
I was reading Mark Remy’s article in Runners World last night in which he reflects on what he’s learned about running over the past 20 years. The two things that stand out are that there is no way to predict what will happen on race day, and if you wait until you need a trip to the port o potty, it’s too late.
The first is something I’ve said over and over to myself and to others. There are so many variables in the form of things we can’t control. It can be way hotter, or colder, or wetter, or windier than any weather we have trained in. We can start out too fast, or too slow, or tweak something, the dreaded IT Band can crash the party, we can randomly get blisters, or have GI issues, etc. We can also have all of the stars align and have an amazing run.
The potty reference made me laugh, especially with the additional note on the very bottom of the page that if you learn only one thing from the column, learn this. It’s good to laugh.
I’m already stalking the weather. I’m already starting to lay out stuff to pack…clothing, nutrition, both pairs of sneakers, body glide, water bottle, etc. I will have way more stuff shoved in my bag than necessary, but I want to have race day options depending on what the weather actually is that morning.
I am definitely looking forward to a taper week of fewer miles in order to rest up. I guess the answer to the big question is, yes.