It's race month! Time to start getting a little nutty about all the details for race day. I'm hoping to have a post up this week about what I am currently planning (sorry, it was a crazy week last week).
Monday: Rested like a champ.
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Tuesday: On the treadmill. I've made the conscious decision to treat my indoor and outdoor running a little differently. Indoor, where I have ac, I'm focusing on time and distance, where as outdoor, I'm focusing just on time on feet and in the heat (yes it rhymes). Let's be honest, there will be no 8 minute miles at Snakebite and I need to be comfortable running whatever pace for a longtime in the heat.
Planned: 6 miles Actual: 6 miles (8:46/mile pace)
Wednesday: Outside in what can only be referred to as Christmas in July like weather. We even hit a new record low here in the ATL (59 degrees!). I didn't get to run until 4:30ish because of that whole job thing, but it was still pretty awesome for rush hour in the city. I headed down to Lullwater park and got in a few figure 8s on different trails. I didn't get to run as long as I hoped (you know, the buying groceries and feeding the family thing gave me a deadline), but it was a good one and I felt strong and happy during it. Great way to top off a hectic workday.
Planned: 10 miles Actual: 6.46 miles (8:59/mile pace)
Planned: 8 miles Actual: 7.4 miles (8:43/mile pace)
The city is so green from all the rain.
It was seriously raining.Friday: Finally bought new trail shoes. If anyone would like a pair of lightly used size 9 Mizunos Trail shoes, drop me a line. I am willing to part with my old ones.
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Yes, they are Seafoam green and I'm not sure how I feel about it.
Saturday: Headed out not quite as early as I hoped, but the weather wasn't too bad. I ran through all my usual spots but added in a new bit by the natural history museum. I ended up with a very hilly route (forgot to pull my garmin stats) and I was happy that I still felt strong in the last few miles. I ran through the Emory campus twice, and found it a bit odd that so many cops were out on a Saturday morning in the summer. When I arrived home, I realized that I narrowly missed the arrival of the Ebola patient, a pretty big public health moment. How odd would it have been to see me running by Gupta on CNN? That's what I get for running negative splits.
Planned: 12 miles Actual: 13.7 miles (8:58/mile pace)
Sunday: Ran the first 3 with the Jayhawk (in my new shoes) as part of his recovery run and the next 6 on the treadmill. I wanted to give my legs a little break after all the climbing on Saturday. I ended up having the gym to myself, so it turned into a recovery run/dance party thanks to James Brown, The Jackson 5, and Stevie Wonder. Yes, there was air drumming.
Planned: 10 miles Actual: 9 miles (3 easy and 6 at 8:50/mile pace)
Inspiring and honest race recap from Hardrock 100 by Timmy Olson. I love that sacred fritos powered him through.
Interesting article from NPR this week about how runners should fear the heat more than the heart attack. Judging from how my hot workouts have gone lately, heat illness (including cramps) is something that poses a frequent effect on my workout.
How was your week? Any excitement to report?