8 weeks out from Bayshore. Another race week! I don’t even mind cutting back mileage if it means preparing to race on the weekend. I don’t think I raced as many times all of last year as I have so far this year.
- Planned: Tempo w/2M @ 7:00
- Actual: 5.7M @ 7:45 w/tempo: 6:59, 6:56
Coach called this a “get on, get off” kind of workout. I warmed-up, did the tempo and then did a super short cool down. I dreaded the workout all day, even though it was short because we got 5″ of snow Sunday night to Monday morning. I thought the sidewalks to and from the lakefront would be a mess, but in reality they were pretty manageable. It was a heavy wet snow so not super slick. The warm up and cool down miles felt great, but the tempo felt harder than I thought it would. I’ll chalk it up to jet lag and move on.
- Planned: Yoga + Spin
- Actual: 1:00 Hot Vinyasa Yoga + 50 min Spin
I went to yoga in the morning for the first time in exactly 2 weeks. I really like the instructor in that class. She does a great job of emphasizing form and also has a strong focus on core throughout the practice.
Despite the fact that I was already dressed to go, my motivation to go to spin was zero after a busy day of work. A few texts with Jenny and a reminder to myself of how important cross-training can be, I dragged myself to the gym. And of course, as always, I was really glad I did. I didn’t kill my legs, but an evening sweat felt really good.
- Planned: 45 min Easy + Strength
- Actual: 5.4M @ 8:21 avg.
I waited all day for the sun to come out and temps to warm-up. I was busy with meetings during most of that time, but I hoped that by pushing the run to after work, I would at least get some Vitamin D. No such luck. It was cool and windy, but I refused to change out of the shorts I put on that morning when I thought it was going to be almost 50 degrees. Walter had a great time on this run, but I just felt blah (and hungry) the entire time. I am looking forward to warmer temps and getting these workouts done in the morning.
I was sore from either Monday’s pre-run strength (I increased my unassisted single leg squats) or from Tuesday’s yoga class so I traded the strength work for running errands and grocery shopping that evening.
- Planned: Speed work w/6×400 @ 1:35-1:40
- Actual: 5.85M @ 8:06 w/400’s: 1:35, 1:36, 1:32 (oops), 1:36, 1:34, 1:35
I had some pep back in my legs! Also, I ran in the morning after my 7:00 a.m. meeting got cancelled. It was mid-30’s and a little windy, but at least the sun peaked out for a few brief moments. When it hit my face and my legs were turning over fast during a 400, I could feel myself smiling involuntarily.
I skipped any strength warm-up or workout again because my legs (and upper body) still felt sore from earlier in the week.
- Planned: OFF/Yoga
- Actual: 1:00 Hot Vinyasa Yoga
It is my least favorite instructor in this Friday morning class, but there is really never a bad yoga class.
- Planned: OFF
- Actual: OFF
We mixed up the taper with a day off completely before the race. It is weird having a Saturday with no running, but it was a super productive day of running errands and hanging with the dogs at the park.
- Planned: Shamrock Shuffle 8k
- Actual: 10M w/8K @ 6:57 avg.
Race report to come….
- Run: 27 miles
- Cross Training: 1 spin class
- Strength x 1
- Yoga: 2 classes