This morning as I finished my 22 miler at Sub 8 pace, my training partner, Sam informed me that I was born "not right." She was asking about my current state of legs, considering this CRAZY and MASSIVE week I had in training. Here we go...
M: 10 a.m./ 6 p.m.
T: 10 easy
W: 11 easy (planned a double today, but weather was stormy)
T: 14 a.m./ 4 p.m. easy
F: 8 easy
S: 3 warm up, 5K race, 11 cool down (WTH???? ELEVEN)
S: 22 at Sub 8
Total: 102.6 Mileage PR
And a race report...
This race benefited the local education foundation. So, I felt extremely obligated to run it, even though there was a better race only 20 minutes away. The plus side of this race was that it started a mile from my apartment, allowing me to sleep in and run to the start. Also, I knew the course like the back of my hand; so there would be none of that small-race-oh-crap-where-do-I-go business.
Another AWESOME thing is that when I woke up, it was in the 50s!!!! :O I met Sam and we did 2 miles together after my 1 mile there.
The course was basically flat, but one hill at the start of mile 2. A few fasties were running, friends/spouses/relatives of teachers. I tuck in behind 3 fast men, one being Speedy Kenny from our regular group. Sam tucks in, too.
Mile 1: 5:59 A tad fast, but why not push the envelope in this weather?
Mile 2: 6:17 For some reason I am dieing. I am thinking of the mileage and I know Sam is right behind me. I notice that our sniffing from the cold is actually in cadence with each other. Haha.
Mile 3: 6:17 I'm pushing it through, and Sam falls back. I haven't even LOOKED at the Garmin since Mile 1.
0.1: 30 sec (5:40 pace) Kenny is screaming at me that I'm about to break 19. Someone is standing in front of the finish clock; so I have no clue. I'm thinking, "HUH? I crashed..."
Final 19:03, First Overall Female I actually stopped early at exactly 19:00. They had a chute made out of cones, and I stopped at the first first cones. The race actually finished at the 3rd cones. There was a line on the ground, but I wasn't looking down. Oh well.
So... looking at that time... I PRed by 1 second!!! Hahahahha.
This upcoming week, I plan to take a REALLY steep taper in preparation for the Gulf Coast Half (around 50 miles for the week). I am really, really wanting a PR in this race. I've targeted 1:25ish for my goal time. Based on my training, I think this is realistic. I'm looking forward to a steep cutback. I think my body is ready for it. I am very fortunate that I don't feel any aches or pains, but I do feel an overall fatigue, like my body needs a thousand naps. This cutback week should work wonders, I hope.
I finally feel like the mileage and work I'm doing is paying off. I just hope I can hold on and not peak too early. Hopefully, with the 3 week cycles I'm doing, i can prevent overtraining and burnout, too. That's the plan at least.