Training: Tapering and Dallas Half (1:23)

Like many people I struggle with sleeping the night after a race.  My legs normally twitch and I stay up later than normal.  That being said, I am not overzealous enough to bring out a race recap just yet but I was able to write up last week’s workouts.

Monday: Easy 60 minute Run
Tuesday: Workout: 4X1 mile repeats (6:23 pace)
Wednesday: Run with Julie
Thursday: Easy Run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 30 minute shakeout run
Sunday: Dallas Half Marathon (1:23.44)
Total: 47 miles


As hard as it is for me to admit but things have not been going well the last 60 days. While in general I’m making my intervals for workouts, I’m not feeling good doing so.  I’ve felt bloated and puffy the last few weeks. My stomach has felt off and it feels very similar to last year when I was having a reaction to my dermatology antibiotics.  I am not, however, on antibiotics right now.

Is it stress from the Holidays? 
Is it stress from life?
Am I burnt out? I don’t think so because I want to run.  My mind wants to run fast but right now my body doesn’t quite understand that.

I’ll have a longer post later about my plans for the next training cycle as well as 2017.  I’m currently trying to write a post but it just looks like word vomit.

Workout: 6X1 mile repeats at half marathon pace (6:23)

This didn’t feel great but not awful either.  It’s ideal for a workout to feel great the week before a race, however, I did not.  This was both a mental and struggle to complete. It should have felt effortless, however, I felt like I was working extremely hard.

I recovered and just tried to mentally focus on the Dallas Half Marathon.  As some may recall, I debated doing the full marathon and by this point I’m glad I did decide the half marathon.  I’ve been both mentally and physically all over the place.

Dallas Half Marathon (1:23.44)

On paper, a 1:23.44 is my third fastest half marathon and my fastest since my ankle fracture.  When I ran both the Carlsbad Half (1:22.57) and the Atlantic City Half (1:23.23), I felt on top of the world.

While running yesterday, I didn’t feel amazing or fantastic.  My splits were consistent and I ran between a 6:12-6:32 mile.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely pleased with the Dallas Half but I cannot say I felt “on top of the world” or amazing while running.

So in summary, it’s hard to complain when I run fast even though I didn’t feel the greatest doing so.  It does make me hungry for what I can do when I feel 100%.

Posts from the week:
I Don’t Hate the Treadmill
Brooks Ghost 9 Shoe Review

Questions for you:
Have you ever just “felt off”?
What was your best workout this week?
Dallas locals: Is there anything I should do on my final day here?