Race week and muscle tension

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Just got home from a wonderful vacation at the beach! πŸ–οΈ It’s so fun to watch Cadence explore and push her limits.🌊 She definitely inherited her adventurous spirit from her daddy. ❀️ This morning we ran 3 miles to the petting zoo before hitting the road. 🚘 . . . I’ve gotten so much support from this community for still breastfeeding Cadence.πŸ‘Ά It’s been kind of interesting this week–as she pushed her limits more, she also asked to nurse more frequently.🍼 I love to think that the security she feels with us has helped her explore her world more. 🐣 Also, while I’m being transparent, Cadence exclusively nurses from one side. 😬 #lopsidedforlife #toddleropinions #21monthsold #extendedbreastfeeding #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #hiltonheadisland #seapines #motherrunner #womensrunningcommunity #womenrunning

I am running the Peachtree Road Race 10k on Tuesday, July 4th with my husband, so I’m trying to be careful not to burn my legs out before the race while also marathon training. I’m also trying to run easy enough to protect my shins. Needless to say, I don’t have big expectations for this race, but I’m really looking forward to it! I haven’t run many shorter distances, so I’m not really sure what to expect for pace. I also have felt a bit slower lately (did I really run a sub 3 marathon in January?!), so it will be fun to run fast if I can!

My last two weeks have been a little derailment in training, and I haven’t run my usual intervals. I did a long run on Thursday, which is not the best strategy for a speedy race, but it’s good for my marathon goal. There’s something called muscle tension, and Steve Magness has a good article here explaining muscle tension and how to achieve it. I’ve been cross training and running easy with a stroller this week, but I did get in some strides while we were at the beach. While strides aren’t the top of the list for creating muscle tension, I’m just going to have to hope that it counts enough for a good race!

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Do you try to run any special workouts before fast races? Have you ever had your training fall off the tracks like mine has?!

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