I have to admit, I was as nervous as can be for the simulator. In the days preceding I was reviewing my mantras and telling myself that I was just going to go do it. Simple as that. I was preparing for the hurt, I knew it was no easy workout, but I felt like Keith and Kevin had prepared me well for it and that I was going to stay tough no matter what.
Well, we ended up having very less than ideal conditions. I knew it would be very hard to hit my goal paces on the exaggerated Boston Marathon course. There is really nothing else you can do but have a good attitude and go give it your best shot. I have to admit, the weather and icy roads caused some cranky patches, and I *may or may not* have said a few curses in my head when I fell (only once!). But, overall I feel like I remained calm, focused, and ran hard. It could be like that on race day, so I definitely feel prepared for anything that Boston could throw at me in three weeks.
The simulator was actually really cool. Read about it here http://running.competitor.com/2012/08/training/workout-of-the-week-the-simulator_14385 There were signs at every kilometer. Kevin was out at 3:45am putting them out. (!!) Many of the signs had pictures on them depicting where I would be at that mile on the race course, so at 13k there was a picture of Wellesley, 25k the Citgo sign etc. It was pretty neat.
I felt infinitely more tough when I finished the simulator. My face was frozen so I couldn’t really talk but I was very happy to have finished it strong. I would have to say it was one of the most challenging runs I have done. Challenging, but very satisfying knowing I am one step closer in reaching my goals for Boston. I have a few key workouts left and ran a hard 20 miler today. Feeling great as I head into my 11th straight week of mileage from 100-122 miles.
In case you were curious, here is my nutrition that I used for the simulator and will use at Boston.
4 hrs before- 2 scoops Hammer Perpetuem, banana w/ honey.
1 hr before- .25 caffeine pill
At the start line- Honey Stinger gel
5k- 8oz water w/ .25 scoop Hammer Heed
10k- .5 scoop Heed
15k- .5 scoop Heed .25 caffeine pill
20k- .5 scoop Heed
25k- .5 scoop Heed
I am still working on my stomach issues. It is a nightmare. Seriously. Everything went very smoothly during the simulator, so that was very good. I have come to the realization that I just can’t eat a lot the morning of the race. I know I need to be pretty diligent in the week leading up to the race to get lots of calories/carbs in and to not have any dairy (which I suspect is the main culprit, but who knows). I feel like the one thing that holds me back is worrying about my stomach, which I am sure makes it worse! What a headcase I am. This plan, coupled with a safe diet of rice, bananas, and honey in the days leading up to the race should do the trick. It has worked in the past so I just can’t go all rogue and have a yogurt or anything crazy like that. haha!
3 weeks to go, happy running friends!