So it's three weeks to race day, but Pfitz has this week listed under "Race Preparation" with a hard interval workout and a pretty long run, but the miles are coming down slightly. Real taper begins next week.
Monday 5.0 miles/44:17/8:51 average pace
Easy run in the morning with Zach. My legs were pretty stiff and sore but nothing too worrisome.
Tuesday 8.5 miles/1:14:01/8:42 average pace
Another interval workout- I wasn't as anxious about it but I was still really NOT looking forward to it. Lately my lower legs (shins and calves and ankles too) have been feeling really tight and sore and today was no different. I just have NO "spring" in my step, and I feel really inflexible and uncomfortable. I hobbled through the first couple of miles to warm up and still wasn't feeling great but decided to get it over with. Zach was with me again today, this time on his bike and that really helped motivate me. I did 4 1/2 mile repeats with 1/4 mile recoveries and was very surprised at my speed!
I 3:18 (6:36 pace)
II 3:27 (6:54 pace)
III 3:20 (6:40 pace)
IV 3:20 (6:40 pace)
Actually once I got going I felt allright, but as soon as the intervals were over my legs felt even worse than before. I hobbled home and then stretched out really good and stuck my lower legs in the ice bucket for a while too. I will repeat the stretch and ice tonight. I am not too worried since I'm pretty prone to shin pain, and I know it tends to "spread" to my calves and ankles, but it's really just stupid shin splints or whatever. I shall deal with it!
Oh ya, rest of the week:
Wednesday: rest/cross training
Thursday: 4 miles easy + Strides
Friday: 10 miles Goal Pace (Pfitz has tune up race scheduled, but I'm subbing a goal pace run)
Saturday: 16 miles Long
Sunday: rest/cross training
TOTAL miles scheduled: 43
Tomorrow Zach and I are going to LA - I have to go for work and he gets to come with, yay! We'll go to my favorite dinner spot on Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach and go run along The Strand, all my usual LA stuff. :) I'll get some pics and post them when I return. Have a great week everyone and thank you so much for all the comments on my awesome 20 miler! :)