Workouts since my last post
Tuesday 4/8- Speed work. 6 x 800 @ 10k pace. I ended up doing this workout on the street instead of the track. I found a residential neighborhood with little traffic and I ran around the same few blocks several times. I also want to add that it was a pleasant 78 degrees when I did this workout.
I didn't want to risk injuring myself so I did a proper warm up. I jogged a mile, ran some strides, stretched my legs, and then jogged another half mile. I gave myself a 90 second jog recovery in between the intervals. Here's the data. 3:19, 3:20, 3:22, 3:25, 3:40 (This was on a slight incline and I was falling apart). 3:19.
After my workout I jogged another mile and I stretched.
Wednesday 4/9 Rest Day
Thursday- 4/10 Tempo/Progression Run I'm feeling kind of sluggish because of the taper. It was also a warm afternoon. It was 81 degrees when I left. I started it out at an easy pace and I sped up throughout the run.
Mile 1- 8:42
Mile 2 -8:54
Mile 3- 8:18
Mile 4- 8:00 (I stopped my Garmin during this mile to buy a bottle of water.)
Mile 5- 7:39
Mile 6- 7:14
Mile 7- 6:49
I ran 4 recovery miles. No radio and no Garmin.
Saturday- 4/12 Rest Day
Sunday - 4/13 I ran 5 easy miles with a few strides at the end. No watch or Garmin.
Monday -4/14 I ran a little over 3 miles at 8:30 pace.
Tuesday 4/15- My last track work session. 6 X 400 @ 5k pace. I took a few vacation days this week to be at home with the kids during spring break. I was able to go to the high school track right around the corner from my home. At first I was a little nervous about this workout because I'm not used to to doing speed work so close to a race. But, this workout helped me get some of the jitters out. The pace felt harder than what I was running, but at the same time I felt like I was holding back. If that makes any sense. Tapering is such a weird thing mentally. Here's the data.
1:40, 1:42, 1:41, 1:42, 1:45, 1:35
I then jogged a mile home and stretched.
Wednesday 4/16 Rest
Thursday- I plan on running 3-4 miles easy and then, no more until Saturday Morning...
More Shoe TalkFour years ago I purchased a pair of Brooks Launch running shoes. These came out before their pure project line and I bought them to wear for racing only. I only go to wear them twice. I wore them to race a half marathon and I also wore them to race a 5k. I was actually pregnant with my son Samuel at the time I raced the 5k and I didn't know it. After that race I put my shoes away in the closet. I never forgot about them.
After I had my son I got back into running and racing again. I still had some baby weight to lose and I didn't see the point of wearing racing flats if I"m still carrying 10-15 extra pounds.
Last year when I was getting ready for the Saint and Sinners Half marathon, I tried these shoes on again. They felt stiff and tight and they didn't feel very stable at all. I was very close to donating these shoes to the goodwill but, I didn't.
On Sunday I saw them sitting in the closet and I tried them on.... I would have never guessed that after four years that they fit just right. I wanted to make sure that these shoes were not dry rotted from being old so I ran 5 miles in them and they felt great. I also wore these for my speed workout on Tuesday.
Race Strategy and Goals
I plan on doing a proper warm up on Saturday. I want to run at least a mile to warm up and I want to stretch out before hand. I would like to average 7:15 per mile but, I want to ease into this pace and negative split the second half of the race. I would like to hit 7:30 for the first mile or two and then drop down to 7:15 pace during the first 2-10 miles. I really want my splits to be even. For the last 3 miles I want to drop down to low 7 minute mile pace.
C goal- Run a consistent race. Running 6:45 pace means nothing during the first 3 miles if I'm finishing the race at an 8:15 pace.
B goal- Run a sub 1:35 half. I hope I can accomplish this.
A goal- Get as close to 1:33 as possible. It's possible.
I would like to place in my age group and or overall but, I have no control over who else is racing. I can only focus on my times. To say I"m excited is a big understatement.