After a fabulous weekend last weekend with my girls in Oklahoma, this week was one in which I came crashing back down to earth!
The mystery illness we all got in Oklahoma wiped me out for two days. I struggled into work both mornings but in the afternoon, I literally went back to bed with my Dude and we watched movies and read books. I wasn’t eating much, and when I did eat, it was mainly toast. On the plus side, I was lovely and thin and my stomach was pretty flat! #silverlinings
Wednesday was good. I was feeling better, which was just as well as I had my toughest day teaching preschool since I started! So I really needed a run after work. I kept it very VERY easy as my legs were still heavy from Post Oak and I wasn’t 100%, health wise, but I enjoyed my 3 slow miles. That evening, I worked out my 2 1/2 week training plan for the Oakland 5k and the game was on!
Until the Dude threw up spectacularly all over his bed!
The past three days have been a bit crazy, juggling work, babysitters, studying and, most of all, snuggling my little sick boy. He’s not deathly…he’s perfectly well for hours on end, bouncing off the walls with energy, and then a fever hits and he’s hot and mopey. I was planning to run on Friday evening but totally caved in and sat on the sofa, knackered, with wine. I did manage to get out yesterday to run some intervals but the wind was so crazy that the numbers don’t really tell me anything except ‘headwind’ or ‘tailwind’.
Which leaves me with two weeks before Oakland. Two weeks to somehow pull a PR out the bag. Part of me thinks it’s impossible but part of me thinks all I have to do is run a teensy bit slower than I did at Crissy Field and I’ve achieved my goal.
I have two potential goals for Oakland. A) PR of 24.49 or less. B) Sub-25 (24.59). I have chosen the carrot I’ll be dangling in front of myself – some very cool grey and neon capris from Target (I’m so fancy) but I have decided that if I get either goal I’ll treat myself to them. If I don’t, I will not buy them. And I LOVE grey and neon so it’s actually motivating me. I’m so shallow.
So my plan is to run in three day stretches until the race.
- Day 1. Intervals.
- Day 2. Easy.
- Day 3. Tempo.
- Day 4. Rest.
This gives me roughly three and a half cycles, six speed sessions. I have no idea if this is enough, if this will work, but I’ll bust a gut for two weeks and see what happens.
In addition to training…
- I’ll be focussing on my diet. I’ve given sugar up for Lent (which I’ll talk about at some point) but it has REALLY cleaned up my diet and has made such a difference. I want to eat more like an athlete and less like a hobby jogger.
- I also hereby commit to doing abs work at least five times a week over these two weeks. It may be too late, but I’ll give it a shot.
Okay. Two weeks. Seven speed sessions. Let’s do this.