My times since Houston have smelled like rotten eggs. Coupled with that, I haven't had much energy. I've mentioned before that I don't pay attention to pace on easy runs, but I go by feel. Over the past 2 weeks, being that I've felt less than par, I decided to pay attention to my Garmin data a bit more. My easy paces were within range, nothing too slow or fast, all on the money. So what gives in my past few races? Here are a few of my thoughts, but before I get into this I want to state that in no way am I looking for excuses for my sub-par performances, merely digging deeper into my current situation.
A) I did "bounce back" pretty fast into high mileage. This didn't feel like too much, though. It felt right, but maybe it's biting me back now? Not sure.
B) I had a bad cold for 2 weeks, but am finally over it. Following that, however, I have a "girl time" from Haites that has me feeling like complete crap.
Another thing that's odd is that I had a VERY good track workout Wednesday night. My paces for 600s were faster than ever, even after a long day of working and coaching.
Anyhow, I'm not too sure of what's going on at the races these days. I ran 19:37 this morning. I just didn't have anything in the tank.
All I can do is stay the course at this point. I will do my last LR tomorrow, and then taper for the Woodlands Marathon. I'm seeded as #3 for the race. I've never been one to be affected by pressure, attention, etc, but I will admit that this one is kind of getting to my head. It just feels so daunting to run that fast again. And I'm just.so.tired. In general, I just feel tired. Some days, sleeping is all I can think about. I don't really think anything is medically wrong with me, but I do think that many nights of only 5 hours of sleep mixed with 90 mpw is starting to affect my performance.
My plan for the next few weeks is to stick to the taper mileage plan (no extra miles), get in bed EARLY, and eat plenty of nutritious foods. You know, treat my body like it *should* be treated.
I'm looking forward to visiting the Woodlands, and especially Adrienne. It's such a fabulous town, with great people. I'm excited about everything that surrounds the race, but the thought of trying to run 6:52s for 26.2 is kind of scary and sickening.