I'm really enjoying the first week of my taper and am celebrating by skipping my 5 mile run today. Actually, my lower legs are feeling pretty tight and sore so I decided it's best to just cross train instead. There are a couple key runs later this week that I want to complete, so this was the easy one to skip.
I'm heading up to Montana on Thursday for an extended Thanksgiving visit and I can't wait to do my runs there. My dad will probably join me on his bike for most if not all of my runs and that is just the coolest thing. I love being able to share something like that with my dad, plus he's great company! Nothing kills the time like a long dad story, hehe.
Before I head out, let me get caught up on the workouts of the past few days:
14 ish miles mountain bike ride
We rode the 3 miles or so up to Forest Park. At the trailhead we ran into Emily who had just finished up an awesome run. We rode up to the 4 mile marker on the trail and turned around. It was very busy in the park and we had a very fun ride.
8.0 miles/1:11:43/8:58 average pace
I was feeling pretty good heading into this run but wasn't putting any pressure on myself since I'm officially in taper mode. Turns out the "no pressure" runs are often the best!
Started out with 2.5 miles very slow as my legs loosened up. Then I did 4 x half-mile intervals with quarter-mile recovery intervals in between. My times were:
Followed by another 2.5 miles at a very slow pace to cool down.
I was so happy with my times, 6:54 average pace! I'm supposed to be doing these at "5k pace" so I was a bit faster than that. It's possible I could run a 5k at that pace but I won't be doing a Thanksgiving Day 5k to find out- bummer! The last few years that we've been going to San Diego for the holiday, the turkey trot was one of my favorite traditions. This year since we're going to MT and there is no race. Instead, I think we're going to do a one-mile time trial. Not as festive (should I make me and Zach T-shirts? hehe) but should be fun. There's a nice track at the middle school right by Zach's house.
As I mentioned, no run today. I went down to the workout room in my apartment for the first time and it is really nice! I did a weights workout and 20 minutes on the elliptical. Now I'm icing my legs and might take a couple Advil after lunch.
Have a great week everyone, I will post from Montana when I get a chance and will definitely have lots of cool pictures. Prepare to see me bundled up like it's the Arctic. :)