Monday, August 18, 2014

50k Training Week 14: 8/11-8/17

Wow, as I write this, it's less than 2 weeks until race day. I'm officially beginning to taper, assemble a race plan, and figure out what to do with my free time. Bring on the madness.

Monday: I was excited for the kick off of Shark week.  Unfortunately, the Discovery channel has decided to fill the week with a bunch of fictional shows and bad science. Sadness.
Planned: Rest   Actual: Rest
Shark week appropriate snacking.
Tuesday: Felt a little sluggish for the first two miles, but was able to get in the grove after that. This has happened before after rest days, especially rest days after big weekends. Spent a little extra time foam rolling and foot rolling after my run to get out the kinks.
Planned: 6 miles  Actual: 6 miles (8:46/mile pace)

Wednesday: I spent the day in a 7 hour training class and, to put it nicely, I wasn't in the mood to run.  I think I was just so bored that nothing was really stimulating.  The Jayhawk reminded me a run would do me well (and save him from my grumpy self for the rest of the evening), so off I went.  It turned into being a rather strong run and it felt really good. Unfortunately I only had time for 7ish, but I vacuumed too, so I got in a little extra cardio (much to the horror of the Monster).
Planned: 10 miles  Actual: 7.08 miles (8:14/mile pace)
They just won't get dirty. Might be time for puddle jumping.
Thursday: In light of the fact that it's less than 2.5 weeks until race day, I went down to Lullwater park to continue breaking in my new seafoam beasts (and get them dirty so I don't totally look like a newbie on race day). Nothing went wrong on this run, I just didn't really have any bounce in my step.  I did see a small deer while in the park, which was rather bizarre. Though the park is woodsy and green, it is smack across the street from Emory University, the CDC, and all the traffic that goes with them.  Not exactly the kind of spot you would ever expect a deer to live. But maybe she was a city girl.
Planned: 8 miles   Actual: 6.5 miles (8:54/mile pace)

Friday: I was lucky enough to win a copy of the Athlete's Guide to Yoga from Beth at Running with the Sunrise. I am pretty pumped about it and have started with chapter 13: Lower legs. I have chronically very tight calves and hopefully increasing my lower leg flexibility will alleviate some of the trouble.
Planned: Rest   Actual: Rest
 
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Saturday: Joined the Jayhawk for his long run and logged 7 miles with him. We don't always get a chance to run together due to training schedule and different paces, but it's nice to change it up once and a while. Went back out for a solo 5k afterward to round out the day to 10.
Planned: 10 miles  Actual: 10 miles (first 7 at 11/mile pace, last 3.1 at 7:58/ mile pace)

Sunday: Recovery day. Nothing exciting to report. Kept it easy and started to over think that I was entering taper.
Planned: 10 miles  Actual: 8 miles (8:41/ mile pace)

How was your week? How do you deal with tapering?

16 comments:

  1. I am really bad at tapering. Because of the decrease in miles, I seem to get anxious and I start eating tons of junk food and then I start feeling fat. lol.

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    1. Me too! Day 1 of taper consisted of an emergency candy purchase and homemade blondies. It's going to be a long two weeks.

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  2. Looks like a good workout week! I don't mind taper time too much, especially if I'm planning a trip to go along with the race.

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    1. Thanks Tina! No trip for this one, so it's just project around the house to keep me busy.

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  3. Awesome runs this week! I'll be interested to keep reading about what a ultra taper is like. I've heard really bad things about the shark week programs this year from all of my fellow marine science nerds--such a bummer. I hope you've been enjoying the book! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Beth. Yes, shark week seemed to have a lot of fiction involved this year. Bummer. The book is great!

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  4. Those shark gummies look so good! I don't have cable so I was a little bummed to miss shark week, but I guess I didn't miss much! I actually really enjoy tapering- I think I'm the only one!

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    1. The gummies were fabulous, but almost too big! They are the size of 4 large Swedish fish! Shark Week was disappointing this year unless you like fake science.

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  5. I almost spit out my coffee reading that the deer maybe was a city girl. Love that despite your differences in schedules and paces, y'all still are able to run together when the stars align--- i know some runners won't entertain the idea of running with anyone noticeably slower than them (which is dumb IMO) Great week

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I think it's always good to run at different paces sometimes and we both have a lot to benefit from running together. It's also interesting that he runs the same streets as I do, but in a totally different pattern.

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  6. The yoga book looks great. I need more yoga with my runs.

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    1. It's excellent and I am really enjoying it. Perfect for at home yoga esp when you might not know a ton (like me).

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  7. Wow! A 50K! I applaud your efforts! I am training for a 15K so tapering, haven't got to that yet! LOL! Good luck!!

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    1. Thank you Mary Beth! Good luck with your 15k. It's a fun distance!

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  8. I can't believe your shoes don't even look dusty lol It's nice you ran with your hubby! What a great pace for your final 5K solo :) Kicking it! My hubby made me watch Sharknado - it was hard to take LOL

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    1. I know, I thought I about rubbing dirt on them to look more hardcore. I'm totally going to look like the new kid. It was fun to crank it up a bit for the final 5k, but I still have NO clue how to pace those things. That will be on the to do list for next year!

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