This week has been very busy and exciting in several ways, but my training wasn't really part of that. I ran my usual days but kept the distance short and focused instead on quality, like a good little taper-er. I only got on the bike once and I didn't swim at all. The good news is, my legs are feeling rested and fresh and ready to race!
Here's the details of those short workouts:
4.0 miles/33:34/8:23 average pace
Track workout with Emily!
The main set (Do they call it that in running? I know it's a swimming term.) was:
2 miles with 100 meters fast and 100 meters recovery
I don't know what pace Emily was aiming for but I know it was slower than her usual melt-the-track pace, as evidenced by the fact that I kept up. It wasn't nearly as hard as last time, which is good since we're both racing this weekend (she's doing the 5k). The weather was miserable but we had fun anyway.
Our time for the two miles was 15:30. We did a mile warm up and a mile cool down also, both at about 9:00.
45 minutes on trainer
4.0 miles/32:23/8:06 average pace
My legs felt heavy at first but loosened up. I ran each mile faster starting at 8:24 and finishing with a 7:46.
Today we're going to pick up our race numbers and chips and stuff and get everything ready. The start is once again walking distance from our apartment, which always makes things easier on race morning. I heart Portland. I'm totally excited and ready for this!! I know I've mentioned it, but let me recap my goals:
GOAL: PR: 1:43:39 (7:55 average pace)
I have fantastic delusions of finishing much faster but let's just focus on the main goal. I know I can do it if I stick to my strategy! The strategy is to start off easy, running around 8:00 miles for the first few miles (there's a climb in mile 3 or so which I expect to be slower), then just hitting the 7:50's for the next several miles, then giving it everything I have in the last couple miles. Honestly, even more important than my time goal is my goal of running a smart race. I've completely blow two of the last three races I've run (California Int'l Marathon in December and Vancouver Lake Half Marathon in January) by running WAY too fast in the first miles and paying for it in the end. That will not happen tomorrow. Zach is running with me and we're going to nail it. I can't wait to report back!
The exciting stuff that I mentioned at the beginning of this post is all volunteer/school/job-search related. Nothing is certain at this point... in fact I've never been so conflicted in my life! But I will of course let you all know when I make any decisions about school or if anything develops job-wise. I can tell you that I'm starting my new volunteer gig at OMSI next week. It's going to be awesome! I get a free pass to the museum and all the exhibits/planetarium/Omnimax theatre and I have a feeling I'm going to be spending a lot of my down time there learning about the universe and the human body and stuff. Yay!
Thanks for reading. I'll have a race report up by the end of the day tomorrow. Have a great weekend everyone!