My race is just 9 days away! I am wondering if I should warm up before the race? On all of my tempo runs, I have warmed up with 2 miles before heading into my tempo miles. I know the purpose of a warm up, but on race day, I worry about expending the extra energy. I only ever warmed up for a race once. It was for a 5k I was racing. I think I ran a mile before the start of the race. So what do you guys think, should I warm up first?
My body has been holding up pretty well during my six weeks of training. And now all the hard workouts are over. My ITB is no worse for wear. I had a couple runs that it hurt a little, but we're talking mayyyyyybe 3 times that it bothered me. I can't complain. I was a little nervous about doing speed work and a tempo run each week (half marathon race pace for me is speed work!). I vowed to be in tune with my body, and if it wasn't handling it, I would stop. Well, so far it has handled it! Until...
Last Speed Sesh!
My last speed session was Wednesday morning on the treadmill. I did 13x400 with 400 recoveries in between. My intervals were @ 6:22 (fastest I ever did!) and my recoveries were @ 8:00. I warmed up and cooled down as well for an "even" 9.75 miles. (I ran 8.25 on Tuesday so I knocked a quarter mile off Wednesday's run!) I know 13 is a weird number, but after 12, I still felt okay. I wasn't about to throw up or poop my pants, so I went for Lucky 13. After my cool down, I walked for 10 minutes and my right hamstring felt a little sore. By the time I got to work and stretched, the pain had migrated to my right butt cheek. It's all jacked up now! I mean, I can feel it as I sit here typing this (Wednesday, 3 hours post workout). EFFF! I am going to stretch more today and hopefully it subsides. I'm annoyed. It didn't hurt at all during my run or my cool down. It was when I started walking that it felt weird.
Stretching at lunch. I call this Pissy Pigeon Pose.
**UPDATE: By Wednesday night, the pain in my ass had diminished greatly and I still felt a little twinge in my hammy. Thursday morning I will get my upper body swole and rest these old ass legs.**