Thank you all for the kind words and well wishes about our race tomorrow. It hasn’t really sunk in yet that we’ll be scrambling to complete 13.1 miles less than 24 hours from now, but I feel ready and know Bobby is, too.
I mean, how could you not be ready with these awesome race jackets?
I’m not the only one who has trouble keeping a straight face in pictures.
Too bad the weather will make it impossible for us to use them.
Yep. It’s going to be a hot one. The North Shore Half Marathon coordinators have already sent out warning emails and included maps of water, mist and sponge stations along the course in our race packets. I have a feeling everything will turn out OK – it’s a 7:30 a.m. start time and it’s not supposed to reach 90 degrees until 1:00 in the afternoon. Plus, the race route is through a lot of neighborhoods, which should have trees that provide a brief respite from the sun.
That said, I’m definitely taking your warm weather running advice!
In addition to my usual pre-race prep (Garmin, Spibelt, Shot Bloks, music…check!), this particular training has brought a new set of challenges to work on. In the past several weeks, my IT band has been really bothering me on long runs, so much so that last week’s 12-miler turned into seven miles of running and the rest walking. I don’t want to run the risk (pun not intended, believe it or not) of injuring it before race day, but I’m also trying to prepare myself for what might happen if the same problem rears its ugly head while we’re running. Bobby is amazing and has promised to stick by my side whether I have to run or walk, but I am bound and determined to have a pain-free race!
A big help in achieving this goal has been my foam roller, a birthday present from Bobby.
I’ve been doing stretch work on it every day…well, almost every day. 😉 Melissa sent me links to two great stretching exercises, and they hurt so good. Now I understand why people think foam rolling is PAINFUL, but it really does help.
My second tool for attack came this week: an IT band compression wrap.
Unfortunately I’ve only been able to try this out on three- and four-mile training runs, so it remains to be seen whether it will handle the race distance. But I will say that the four-miler was a speed workout, which normally could trigger a twinge that was noticeably (and gratefully) absent this time around. I know this band is not a cure-all, but combined with the foam rolling I feel optimistic that it will get me through the race.
And today we’ll be taking it easy with a visit to a lit fest (I’m SO excited – Veronica Roth is going to be there!) and some quality time on the couch watching game seven of the NBA East finals. Go Celtics! KG is a former member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, after all.
Next time you hear from me, I hope to be a half marathoner. Until then…
(This was the gorgeous view from Jill’s rooftop last night. Summer in Chicago is here!)
Hope you have an amazing weekend! Let me know if you have any other IT band tips.
What are you up to this weekend?