WIAW: Race Day!
|June 21, 2012||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under WIAW|
*ETA* This is yesterday’s post, but my internet connection was badb last night so it didn’t post!
HEY friends! How is your week going? I thought it’d be fun to do a “What I Ate” post on an evening race day like today!
To catch up anyone who doesn’t know what WIAW is, it’s like a weekly bloggy event started by Jenn in which people post their day’s eats…you check out Peas and Crayons blog for all the details!
Before the race, I tend to keep things lighter than normal to try to avoid stomach issues that I have had in 90% of my races! This is different for everyone, but after a lot of different trials I’ve found that eating less and consuming mostly carbs works best for me on race day.
I started my morning with a big bowl of Shreddies, soy milk, sliced banana, and peanut butter.
I forgot to snap a picture of lunch, but it was leftover noodles from yesterday’s dinner! Followed by my favourite fruit…
Afternoon snack and coffee:
Followed by a lovely shakeout run in the sun with my dog! Before evening track races, I do a 10 minute VERY SLOW jog three hours before the gun goes off. The idea I think is to get your blood flowing, and it works well for me!
Also, I found a grass track on the way! I am going to have fun with this this summer
Then Buddy and I had a good ol’ nap. It’s a hard life for us
He looks cute when he’s sleeping. I do not. Fun fact: I sleep with my eyes half open. I had no idea until my friends told me, and it freaks everyone out apparently haha!
My race was due to start at 8.45pm, but it was delayed by over an hour! Not cool when you’re warmed up and ready! I had a bit of pasta two hours before, but didn’t want to risk anything else, which worked out well in the end as I felt good and had no stomach problems Today I raced the mile again, which is short for me, but we are trying to work on my speed!
My coach was there, and we made a race plan. This race was more of a workout than a big PB effort. I usually race so often that it can be much more useful to work on race tactics/speed instead of just going for a PR every time. So this race my aim was to start really FAST and hold it for as long as possible. Because I consider myself more of a longer distance runner, I am used to starting out slower and then picking up the pace. I have gotten so used to doing this, and I do it in everything from races to workouts, and my coach is always nagging me about it! For the shorter distances, it is important to start fast, so my goal for today was to get out of my comfort zone and go out hard!
I took the first lap out in 74 (4.58 min/mile pace), and then managed to hold that pace for the next couple of laps, but then COMPLETELY ran out of gas (as expected!) in the last lap, which ended up being a LOT slower! I don’t have the results yet, but I think from what I saw on the clock that it may have been a new PB…we’ll see! But it taught me an important lesson in getting out of my comfort zone, and I carried out the race plan exactly. I knew that I would bomb out at the end, but it was a matter of lasting as long as I could at a faster-than-race-pace speed, and I held out longer than expected, so coach and I were pleased
Also, I now totally understand why runners strength train! My arms were seriously ACHING running into the wind at speed…definitely need to hit those weights again soon!
And now I’m hungry again (I had choc soy milk+ a PB sandwich after the race!), so it’s late-night snack-time…my favourite
banana with Dark Chocolate Dreams PB= heaven
What is your staple pre-race food? I don’t have a “staple”, but right now cereal and milk seems to be working well!
What is the best thing you’ve eaten recently? A vegan cupcake yesterday that had BUTTERSCOTCH FROSTING. It was divine.
Are you a napper? How often do you take naps? I have gotten into the habit now of taking a nap before workouts or races and I am loving them!
Have a great day friends!! <3