In summary, last week I tapered for a race that didn’t go well. For the last six months, I poured my heart into training, recovering and eating relatively well and didn’t achieve what I wanted. As blunt as that is, it seems to be the theme of the last few months of training. While yes, a 1:26 is a very respectable half marathon time, but it’s not what I trained for or wanted. When you don’t achieve what you train for, it stinks.
But that is a post for another day. Last week I just focused on easy runs and tapering. As far as the actual week of training, it was one of my boring weeks. Tapering should be though. I spent the week without my Garmin and just ran the same 5-7 mile loops that I typically do.
Not worrying about pace this week was fun and I viewed most of my runs as outings versus strenuous runs. They were relaxing, and I enjoyed them. I actually began to feel confident going into the April Fools half marathon that I would be able to turn the lackluster training cycle around. At first, the weather was supposed to pour rain, and then, it just didn’t. It turned out to be a little bit windy but other than that, ideal conditions.
|Thursday:||Easy 5…was going to do 7 but felt like garbage so didn’t|
|Sunday:||Atlantic City Half (1:26.20)|
On Thursday, I was both tired and exhausted so just decided not to do 7. I actually don’t know if I ran 5 at all because I took the shortest route possible home. I do know it was between 4-5.
To Briefly Recap the Atlantic City Half Marathon:
It was supposed to rain but then didn’t. With the exception of wind, the conditions were ideal. I never felt great from the gun. Before the race, I actually thought I might PR, or run well but it didn’t happen. My splits ranged from 6:20-6:50 depending on the wind but the majority were around 6:30. I didn’t meet my A goal (to PR), my B goal (to run under 1:25) but I did meet my C goal of finishing healthy.
What are my plans for next week?
This week, while not ideal for Broad Street I’m taking time off. Maybe I’ll run this week, maybe I won’t. The race as well as where I’m at mentally was a red flag that I do need a few days I need at least a few days off from running.
Questions for you:
How was your week of training?
Have you ever not met a goal during a training cycle?