6 weeks to go until MCM! Can you smell the anticipation?
This week was a cut-back week, but with a twist — I had a half marathon scheduled for Saturday. So, I ended up cutting a couple of miles from my weekday runs in order to “taper” for the race. Here’s what I did this week (“planned” in green/“actual” in bold):
Monday: Rest or cross-training/rest. One of these days, I will actually do some cross-training.
Tues: 5/4. My body felt OK… until I started running. Recovery run!
Wed: 6/5. Despite the tired legs, I decided to do a heart rate (HR) test. My lactate threshold HR dropped by 10 bpm since my first test in late June… which means that my heart has to work less hard to attain the same effort level. Yay for progress! I added some strides for pseudo speedwork.
Thurs: 5/5.2. With a half marathon coming up on Saturday, I thought it might be a good idea to throw in a couple of race-pace miles (~9 min/mile). However, my body was not having it. It didn’t help that I had eaten refried beans and enchiladas the night before. No bueno! I ended up doing one faster-ish mile at 9:20 and the rest at pitiful speed. Womp womp!
Fri: Rest or cross-training/rest. Carb loading!
Sat: 12/13 @ Zoom Pt Pinole Half Marathon.
This half marathon was not what I expected. It was 12.95 miles instead of 13.1 and had ~650′ elevation gain instead of 380′ (as advertised). I also hadn’t realized how hard it would be to run on crushed rock/gravel, which made up 80% of the terrain. Nevertheless, it was great for my mental game and I had so much fun racing with Cathryn and bt. The recap will be up soon, but for now, here are the numbers:
time: 2:00:01 (9:14/mile)
6/19 AG, 13/54 F, 35/91 overall
Sun: 6/6.8. Easy recovery run.
Wrap-Up: 34 miles/34 total. I felt like I spent a majority of this week recovering — either from last week’s 50 miles, or from Saturday’s race. I’m looking forward to a few more focused runs this coming week — another 50 mile week!