Bayshore Week 19: Taper Town

1 week out from Race Week. Another week in Virginia Beach! REALLY thankful for the further cutback since the work days were long and stress levels were high. My legs were definitely not feeling peppy or fresh as a result of the cutback, so I am hoping that is just the typical pre-race week taper feeling.


  • Planned: OFF
  • Actual: OFF

I worked until midnight Sunday night, so I was more than happy to sleep in before I ran a workshop for 12 hours on Monday! My co-workers wanted to go on a long walk on the boardwalk after we finished to get some fresh air and burn off some pent up energy so that felt great. It also poured rain most of the day, so the timing for a rest day couldn’t have been better.


  • Planned: 2M Tempo w/2 @ 7:00-7:10
  • Actual: 6.25M @ 8:01 avg w/tempo: 7:08, 7:05

Another early morning run along the boardwalk in Virginia Beach. I regretted not getting up 15 min earlier because as I headed out the sky was getting dark and there was lightening and thunder in the distance. The storm was some of the remnants of Tropical Storm Ana that hit North Carolina just a little south of us. I was rushing to get the miles in before getting caught in the storm, but wasn’t successful. It poured and the storm blew in and then right past for almost the entire tempo portion. Go figure.


  • Planned: OFF
  • Actual: OFF

I planned to sleep in, but woke up at 6 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I got up and went for a nice long walk along the beach. It was nice to get some fresh air before being in a stuffy conference room all day. We also went for about a ~2 mile walk home along the boardwalk after dinner.


  • Planned: Speedwork w/3×1000 @ 4:15 (10k pace)
  • Actual: 7M @ 8:16 avg. w/1000’s: 4:12, 4:34, 4:13

If I thought I have experienced a windy run before, it was nothing compared to this. I felt like I was running and running and not moving. The 1st and 3rd interval were cruising along with the wind and yes, that middle interval was 20+ seconds slower for 1k because I was pushing as hard as I could and not moving. It was CRAZY.

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The sunrise was not a consolation for the wind. You can even tell a little here how angry the waves were. This ocean front section is usually super calm.


  • Planned: OFF
  • Actual: 1:00 Hot Vinyasa Yoga

Travel day. Finally back to Chicago. I went to my very last class at my yoga studio, as they announced this week they were closing down after Sunday’s classes. Sadz.


  • Planned: 1:10 Run
  • Actual: 9M @ 7:52 avg.

My legs felt super peppy and fresh to start so I was cruising at a faster than normal pace, but by the last 2-3 miles, my legs were tired and more than ready to be done. I napped that afternoon like I had run 15+miles!

The nap was good prep for a very special birthday celebration that evening. We had sushi and drinks for my dear friend, Chanthana’s birthday.

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So many laughs. So much love.


  • Planned: OFF
  • Actual: OFF

A much needed rest day to get some productive things done around the house. I also got to meet up with Amanda (who was in town for the Chicago Spring 1/2 Marathon) in the afternoon for a walk around Lincoln Park and a long chat on a bench in the zoo. It was great to catch up and the weather cooperated perfectly!


  • Run: 22.1 miles 
  • Cross Training: 0
  • Strength x 0
  • Yoga: 1 class

About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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