This week wasn't all bad, though, and thankfully I had some flexibility in my week. Per "the plan" I was supposed to have an all-out race (10-15K) on Saturday followed by a long run on Sunday. However, this is one area in which I deviate from the as written plan because I know myself. When I go all-out on a race, I really go all out (we all know that I ran from the 6.67 mile point to the finish of the EQT 10 Miler with a broken pelvis because I'm a hardass). There's no way in hell I'm running a good long run the day afterward. So, during the couple of weeks that call for this type of thing I'm just subbing in some easy miles or pace miles if I feel fantastic or resting if need be.
Monday: Strength & Core workouts.
Tuesday: First day of harder intervals. 8 miles that included an easy warmup, 5x600m repeats with 300m recoveries, then cooldown. The wind was awful that morning, and unfortunately since I was doing an out & back half of the run was into it. Ugh. I was wearing my MCM hat and it blew off twice! The first time I was lucky enough to catch it, but the second time it went rolling down the trail and I had to turn around and go after it. The good thing was that it happened at the end of an interval, but it still threw me off. Anyway, my plan was to keep all my 600s around 7:15 pace. In true form I ran the first one WAY too effing fast - 6:58 pace! - but the others came in at 7:15, 7:15, 7:11 and 7:05. Proof that I still can't pace myself worth a damn. lol I did some recovery yoga later on that felt great.
Thursday: rest day!
Friday: Now I have to out myself and admit that this is the first time this cycle I have both skipped a run and cut a workout short. First of all, I didn't sleep for shit the night before. Garrett has been horribly ill and was to the point of screaming in pain so off he went to Children's. After spending until nearly 4 AM there, he finally got some antibiotics and pain medication. I wish doctors would start listening to me before shit gets to this point. Garrett is my third kid - I think I know by now if he has "just a cold" or something more serious. When we had him at the doc several days prior, we were given the "oh it's just a virus, it'll go away on its own" answer. God I hate that!! I truly miss the days of my childhood where you went to the doc, got some damn penicillin and/or codeine and went on your way. Now it's like pulling teeth with docs to get them to write a damn prescription or even get a chest x-ray. I know they're afraid everyone and their grandmother is drug seeking these days and people have it in their minds that antibiotics are the devil but seriously.... this is ridiculous and kids shouldn't have to go through this type of crap because some other people have their heads in their ass.
whoooa... sorry for the rant! Anyway -- So, I was tired. I felt like crapola, I had some nagging BS happening in my butt/hip (piriformis - foam roller to the rescue). A five mile recovery run on the plan? Nah, how about I recover with some rest... I tried to get in a strength/core circuit and cut that a cycle short too because I just didn't have the strength for it.
Saturday: Like I said, I had some flexibility in my plan this week because of Saturday being a scheduled "Race Day". Given the fact that it was supposed to be a 10K - 15K distance, and I didn't get my recovery run in on Friday, I figured I'd get out and try for 10 miles in the easy range. I haven't done a full easy run in a while and I thought it would give me a good prediction of how I was feeling and what I should do about my long run on Sunday. My legs started off really tight - it honestly felt like I was trying to will tree trunks to run - but thankfully by the second half they were loosened up and I was feeling good. My legs are usually stiff and sluggish at the beginning of a recovery run, so I'm guessing I was just feeling the same kind of effects since I did miss my recovery run and didn't get to slog the junk out of my muscles then. I finished the 10 miles feeling strong and confident that I could at least get the miles in on Sunday.
Sunday: I loved taking a break from North Park, but I do know that my city trails are mostly flat and I don't want to lose any hill fitness that I've gained from running NP so much this winter. Also, JASR is coming up and I wanted at least one more stab at making McKinney my bitch before then. My plan was to start from the boathouse and head up the way the JASR starts for the 30k (which is what I'll be running), then take McKinney, and then back around the boathouse, and do the horseshoe, and then back up McKinney again and then another out & back past the boathouse to Babcock and back. I felt pretty good, considering how tired I'd been in the days prior. No lies - the second time up McKinney felt tougher than the first, although looking at my Garmin stats I was only 4 secs slower that time, so it couldn't have been that tough. The only thing that really sucked about this run was the fact that since I started mid-morning instead of early or later in the afternoon I went through the whole gamut of temperature changes. At the start it was pretty cold - I had my gloves on and my hands were still cold. I was ok a few miles in, but then by the end the sun was high and shining bright and it was so warm. I had no more need for the gloves or the earwarmer and I had my jacket unzipped. If I would have had the option I probably would have stopped and put my jacket and stuff in my vehicle, but I didn't, so I just kept on going. I really do need to keep this in mind in the coming weeks, though. Easily removable layers or just simply under-dressing for the beginning is what wins for me in the Spring. I absolutely hate being warm when I run. But, at any rate, 17 miles done at 8:31 pace is pretty good no matter how you look at it.. It's amazing how far I've come in a year... even just the past few months.
Total Running Workouts: 4 - 1 interval workout, 1 medium long, 1 easy, 1 long
Total Strength Workouts: 2
Nutrition this week: You know, given the fact that it was St Patrick's Day I did well this week. Yeah, I probably drank enough Guinness for myself and 2 non-Irish, but the rest of the week, even with the stress and sickness in the house I really did right by myself. Again, prep cooking FTW. Oh, and fresh Spring asparagus being available. I can eat roasted asparagus any meal of the day. I also tried out Tropical flavored Nuun this week - very yummy!
It was a week. It was good and bad. That's marathon training for you! On to the next one! This week I have another race (that I'm not racing and it'll still be a PR.. haha), and I'll have an announcement on my fall racing plans by midweek!