This week I’ve essentially been on the road and trying to continue my training. As you may or may not know, I’m headed back to Virginia (home) and hope to get back tomorrow night. Though if I don’t, no big deal as I don’t have a time crunch to actually get back there. That’s why we have spent the last week on the road and just taking things as they come. We make awful time, stop at multiple places along the way and run a lot. I fully enjoy it. It’s nice to not have any pressure to get back quickly.
|Monday: Home||OFF: Recovery from last weeks 100 mile week…I didn’t move from the couch for about 8 hours besides to eat and use the rest room. That is not an exaggeration. I should have been packing to move but didn’t even have the energy for that.|
|Tuesday: Home||13.2 miles untimed|
|Wednesday: Houston, Tx||12.63 miles untimed|
|Thursday: Louisiana||13.1 miles untimed|
|Friday: Pensacola, Fl||13.67 miles (8:30 with 2 miles 7:30)|
|Saturday: Atlanta||Haunted Hustle XC 5k (19:15) total: 11 miles|
|Sunday: Charlotte||16 miles progression (8:04 overall pace)|
The first three days were spent solely not caring about pace and just getting through the miles. I took Monday off because I needed to recover. I honestly felt like if I didn’t take Monday off I would have done damage to my body. I also don’t think I could have actually run as I was so exhausted. I enjoy rest days (when they come because they are needed) and having easy days. I fully enjoyed bonding with the couch (and avoiding packing) all day long.
The rest of the week was spent just getting in the miles. I knew my body was going to be tired. I had no incline to push the pace, the goal of this week was to get high mileage while traveling and no injure myself. Friday, I added some quicker miles to prepare me for my first 5k in close to 3 months.
The race in Atlanta was about how I expected it to be. It was a cross country 5k and I haven’t run anything in the low 6 minute pace since my arm broke in August. I haven’t run a cross country race since early June either. (I love cross country though!). It was nice to shock my body into it and after driving 1200 miles and not being rested (or tapered) it was about how I thought. I knew it wasn’t going to be a PR but still a great time.
My long run went perfectly. It was in a cross country park in Charlotte and the weather was beautiful. I started around an 8:30 pace and then progressed to a 7:30.
Next week/Taper Thoughts:
I’ve never fully tapered for a half marathon and never run a full marathon before. When tapering for swimming championships I had a mix of having the best race of the season post taper as well as having slower races then in the season. I plan to slowly cut down my miles and hopefully my legs will feel fresh for the race. I don’t know how this taper will go but I have my life to run marathons. If this isn’t the best race ever then I can train and try new things next year. Though my goal has been 3:10 this entire process, finishing a first marathon is truly an accomplishment in itself.
Questions for you:
Do you do deal well with taper?
Are you a good traveler?
I’m not, I’m a really high maintenance traveler. I always need to stop and use the rest room, am hungry, thirsty and everywhere in between. I don’t know of anyone who enjoys traveling with me.