Before I start, thanks for all your sweet comments about Wednesday’s CT scan. Got the results and all is GOOD! No real change in four years, which is a totally brilliant result!
Anyway…we’re just one week out from Kaiser, it’s this coming Sunday! Despite 12 weeks of training, I am not feeling at all ready. I know I have the endurance but the speed? I’m not feeling the speed.
A quick rundown on what happened this week
Monday: Rest Day
I was mildly jet lagged and just not in the mood to exercise, so I didn’t.
Tuesday: 6 miles of long intervals
I really liked this early morning run. Ten minutes warm up and then 13 repetitions of 2 minutes ‘fast’ and one minute recovery. That recovery minute goes SO fast. 8.52 pace overall.
Should have run today but I had my CT scan whilst the Dude was at school and the Husband was away with work so I didn’t get to run.
Thursday: 6 mile tempo.
One mile warm up and 5 miles at tempo. The tempo miles averaged about 8.28 but the latter miles were in the 8.30s and it felt HARD. I honestly don’t see how I can hold this pace or anything like it for 13 miles next week. Race Day Magic may be the only answer. 8.38 overall pace.
Friday: LOOOONG run
My massive, long, crazy run. 16 miles!! My longest run since I was 29 (which wasn’t recently). I was supposed to run the last 1.5 miles faster but really didn’t have it in me but I managed to run all those miles fairly comfortably. It was WARM…I ended up running in a sleeveless top and being pretty comfortable! And I listened to ‘This American Life’ which basically sounds like Serial! I was really happy to finish this run though. Didn’t have much more in me.
I saw Jess on Saturday and she queried such a long run so soon before the race. She’s right – the 80/20 plan allows for a 2 week taper which I shortened due to me missing the first few weeks of the plan by accident. So I should have run this long run two weeks before the race, not one week. Ooops. I’m going to rework the last week’s taper plan based on how my legs feel on Monday and hope I didn’t overcook them. 10.16 pace overall.
Saturday: Rest I really wanted (and planned) to run the inaugural Crissy Field parkrun this morning but my legs told me in no uncertain terms that they would cry if I tried that. So I made flapjack and went to a book exchange! And then we went to see Paddington and it was so good.
Sunday: Easy Run
4 very easy, slow miles in the gorgeous sunshine. Tested out my new arm warmers for Kaiser – I like them. Mainly because they’re neon. My legs were definitely still tired. Aaaagh. 4 miles at 10.21 pace.
Lots of musings this week. Overall, this was a good week. Plenty of distance (32 miles) and good amounts of speed, if not as fast as I would like. Next week, I taper and next Sunday I race.
Being honest with myself (and you guys), I don’t have 1.49 in me. I might just squeak a PR (1.52 or less) as it’s a very PR friendly course but I don’t feel in PR shape. Or is that just the inner voice draining away my confidence before the race? I’ve trained long and hard, I’m proud of the training I’ve done. But is it enough?
Having said that, I am SO ready to not be training for this race. My college courses started this week – one online course started and I had one lecture. My third course starts next week. So far, so super-exciting. The class had me totally geeking out – the lecture theatre, the new stationery, the awesome professor. I am so hugely excited about this new chapter of my life. But the workload is daunting me a little and I am hugely relieved not to be doing such long runs in the future. I am really excited to run Kaiser, hopefully crush it and then to focus on 10ks and shorter distances for the next four or five months whilst I’m a student! I think the change will be really good for me.
And a quick note on my Hokas. I love them. Initially, I loved them but had some concerns – my knees ached after every run. Not knee pain (ever) but a muscular ache. I think it is because the heel-toe drop is less than I was used to and my muscles were working differently. But now I’m used to them, I REALLY love them. No shin pain. No ITB pain. And they’re really cute. I’m definitely becoming a Hoka girl although I will not risk such stack height on the trails!!
So this coming week is Taper Week and Sunday is Race Day! Let’s do this.