Happy Easter Sunday! This is my last training recap because my race was yesterday. I’ll be posting my race recap on Tuesday, but this race adds to my history of racing poorly. I think I deserve a special award for doing so badly in a race following a pretty decent training cycle. I read a lot of running blogs, and I think I’m unique with this special talent! At any rate, it wasn’t the race I hoped for but it was the race I was expecting. While I gave myself all sorts of pep talk, I didn’t truly believe it would be a good race. And it wasn’t. I ran this race just 36 seconds faster than I ran it last year, but I did that race as a training run. Sad trombone. Tune in Tuesday to find out why this race just sucked for me. Here are my final training stats, my final training recap, and what’s next.
Week at a Glance
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 26.3
- Miles this training cycle: 593.54
- Miles this month: 133.9
- Miles this year: 462.32
- Time running: 5 hours, 17 minutes
- Strength training sessions: 0
- Stretching: 4 days
- Foam rolling: 4 days
Easy run: 3 miles | 38:27 | 12:49 pace (30 degrees)
In the evening I did just 10 minutes of some very light core and strength work. I’d read that you should suspend strength training the week of the race.
Easy run: 4 miles | 51:43 | 12:56 pace (30 degrees)
Rest day. I did some yoga and just a few minutes of core exercises.
Easy run: 4 miles | 51:06 | 12:46 pace (50 degrees)
Easy run: 2 miles | 25:52 | 12:56 pace (50 degrees feels like 46)
Just a Short Run Half Marathon–13.3 miles. Recap coming on Tuesday!
Rest and Easter dinner with my family. Hope you all enjoyed your Easter if you celebrate!
I have been waiting for this upcoming week for a while and am thrilled that it’s finally here. I mentioned in a previous post that I’d gained weight. Everyone who commented that it was probably just muscle is very kind. No, I can see the difference. There is flab where I am not used to having flab, and it’s bothered me nearly every second of every day since it appeared. I’ve been counting down the days until my race is over so that I can work to get back to a weight that feels good to me. So this week starts Operation Lean and Strong! I’ve created a plan that I’ll post soon. While the Hansons’ plan calls for taking seven days off running, it does say you can do other light activities. So this will be my transition week, where I’ll do yoga, some light strength training, and lots of walking while I take a rest from running. So excited!
Also, while I so wanted training to be over, I think I need another go at 13.1. I don’t think I can stand having this awful race, my worst run of all of my training, be the ending of my training. So I think I’ll do it again, this time on my own outside of a race evironment, on my trail, early in the morning, just like how I love to run and where I run the best. The question is when. I’d like to get it done as soon as possible. Is doing it next weekend after 7 days of rest okay? Or do I wait 2 weeks?