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Race Prep…It’s Questionable

Well, we’ll just see how tomorrow’s 10K goes.

#1. It’s kinda cold.

We’re having a little bout of chilly weather here in North Carolina. It’s not hear to stay…it will be 85 degrees again by Tuesday…but tomorrow’s race conditions are temps in the 50s with a chance of rain. Typically, I would be a-okay with those race conditions but it’s quite a shock to the system after months of hot weather running.

I stopped by Lululemon this evening and picked up a long sleeve run shirt. I cannot stand to be cold at the start of races. Now, the big dilemma is whether to pin my number to the tank underneath or on the long sleeved shirt. Thoughts??? It will still be gray, damp and in the 50s when I finish but I also run pretty hot so I don’t know.

#2. I’m tired.

I’m not really sure what is going on with my body this week but I am worn out. I went to my normal Friday morning yoga class this morning and was so lethargic on my mat. I didn’t take any options and spent my fair share of time in child’s. What gives?

My plan is to just go with what my body is feeling in the morning. I am not going to push it and go crazy if I’m still feeling run down.  I pretty much have zero desire to repeat last week’s race experience. Not one fiber of my being is interested in any kind of sprinting tomorrow.

#3. Pizza + Wine = Ideal Race Prep?

We had a Groupon for The Italian Pie so we decided to give it a try tonight. It was okay (especially given that it was a good deal) but there are definitely much better pizza options in Charlotte. Regardless, pizza night is always a winner in my book. We split a salad and a pizza. Brandon’s half had everything and mine was spinach, artichoke, onions, mushrooms and cheese. Three pieces. Done and done.

A glass of wine on the couch and a boring movie (Your Highness…terrible!!!) has me sleepy and ready for bed. Let’s hope that I can pull this off tomorrow! I’ll be back with an update sometime Saturday afternoon.

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  • pamela September 16, 2011, 10:12 pm

    My coach in college used to tell me: “Have a good time and you’ll have a good time.” Have fun and allow the experience to be what it will be. Just like it’s ok to take child’s pose, it’s ok to run slow:)

    Oh, and baby that hamstring!!!!


    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:11 am

      i love the child’s pose analogy! 🙂

      hamstring is feeling really good. definitely being cautious with it but NO pain during the past two races!

  • Joanna September 16, 2011, 10:13 pm

    I feel you on the 10k conditions this weekend! I am running a 10K on Sunday with about those conditions… always questionable what to wear! Just got married and moved from Atlanta to omaha, NE ugh so I am def not ready for the cold weather and will be missing the many warm running months of the South. Good luck tmrw on your race, from reading I know you will magically pull it out. If it is 60 or above I pin the undershirt, 60 or below the longsleeve.
    Here is a question for you…what is your workout the day before a race? I always feel I should run a short run to keep loose?!? Different for all I suppose.

    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:16 am

      joanna – how did your 10K go yesterday? moving from atlanta to omaha is a HUGE change…you will have some cold runs!

      i ended up pinning on the long sleeves and i was fine. i probably could have worn just the tank but i was comfortable.

      i usually rest or practice yoga the day before a race. i’ve never been big on running the day before a race. i usually do an easy run 2 days out.

      i do think it’s different for everyone!

  • Ginger September 16, 2011, 10:31 pm


    Last weekend, I did the Blue Ridge Relay. In prep for that run, I also purchased a long sleeve shirt from Lulu. I wore it for my early morning run (okay, it was 3:30 AM), but the temps were about the same as they will be in Charlotte tomorrow morning. I was very confortable in that shirt and my Lulu Speed Shorts. I think you would be hot if the sun was going to be out, but if it remains overcast, that shirt will be perfect. Pamela is right…have a great time! Enjoy it!

    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:17 am

      ginger – thank you so much for your feedback. i ended up pinning on the long sleeved lulu and it was perfect. i was never hot or cold.

      and really fun that you ran the blue ridge relay and did a 3:30 a.m. leg!!!!

  • Sunny September 16, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Good Luck tomorrow! I’m running a 5k tomorrow morning and I’m scared of the temps too, the highs from 8-9 are 53-57 degrees, cold!!

    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:18 am

      sunny – how did your 5K go? what did you wear?

  • Sana September 16, 2011, 11:27 pm

    Humm, people can be tired for random reasons, but at your next doc appt get your vitamin D and iron levels checked?

    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:19 am

      sana – funny you should mention that. i have had low vitamin D levels for a year now. my iron is good but my D has registered low in the past two blood tests i’ve had. my dr. wrote me a prescription for a supplement. i need to get it filled!

  • ~Jessica~ September 17, 2011, 4:42 am

    Best of luck for the 10K.

    I usually buy a cheap t-shirt or jacket to wear at the start that you can just throw off as you run, pinning the race number on whatever I’m wearing underneath: better than being freezing or boiling hot with no in between!


    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:20 am

      jessica – i do that too when i’m running longer distance races and it’s really cold out! i always find that i’m ready to throw after a mile or two!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 17, 2011, 7:09 am

    Best of luck to you!

  • Courtney September 17, 2011, 7:37 am

    Regarding feeling worn out- I felt the same this week. I did not want to run, practice yoga, or get up from the couch. The lunar cycle occurred this week and I believe it had something to do with it. I know there are conflicting studies that say a lunar cycle has zero effect on people but ask anyone who works in a hospital or a police station and they will tell you the crazies come out on full-moon nights!

    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:23 am

      courtney – i was talking to the friends i ran the race with about this and one of them was tired all week too. i definitely think that the lunar cycle could definitely have an impact!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad September 17, 2011, 7:56 am

    Good luck Jen! As far as clothing, less is more (and that just sounded all wrong!). Although it sucks to stand at the starting line freezing to death, it sucks even more to be overheated during a run because you have too many layers on.

    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:24 am

      kristy – i agree with the less is more…especially in longer distance races. i am usually warm within a mile or two but as soon as the race is over i am shivering. i always make my husband meet me at the finish with a jacket!

  • Kamaile September 17, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Saw you over at Healthy Tipping Point, hope you had a good race. When I’m exhausted like that I get coconut water and drink one or two a day. The hydration helps and it’s sweet. I tend to want sweet things when I’m tired. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:26 am

      thanks! it was fun!

      i love coconut water too and we have some in the fridge. i should definitely try your suggestion!

  • jenn September 17, 2011, 3:55 pm

    I love that shirt!!! I love reading your blogs, Jen!

    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:26 am

      thank you!!! 😀

  • Holly September 18, 2011, 10:14 am

    I totally cannot do wine the night before a race, or even a run really. It seems to really dehydrate me, even if I drink a lot of water.

    • Jen September 19, 2011, 10:26 am

      haha, i think my body is immune now…that’s probably not good. i drank wine the night before my 20-miler during marathon training too! eek!

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