HEY GUYS! I still have a blog. Shocking considering that it’s more abandoned than a New Yorker’s tan in February. But whatever. Life gets nuts, and sometimes your running is even crazier- and sometimes you need time to get your sh*t together.
So here is the latest and greatest with me:
I went out and spectated this race last week and it was really incredible to watch. This dude came out with a PR and it was really fun getting to watch him suffer out there going really fast. (Just kidding- I don’t love watching people suffer.) He came in 11th place, got a PR, and got some prize $$$. YES.
It was a beautiful course along the water and the weather was race-day perfect. Muchhhhhh better than the 84 degrees that I finished my 18-mile long run in the day before. But really- I enjoy suffering, so I would have been disappointed if I had great running weather for my long run.
No races- STILL:
Keeping my end of the bargain on this (I mean, it’s only been two weeks) and not doing ANY race until Boston. With Boston just a mere 9 weeks away, I REALLY don’t have the luxury of taking off a weekend for a race or tapering for one. Need to put my head down, do work and not look to get fake race highs when I should be focused on just one race right now. I want to just get in a LOT of strong long runs where I feel good- and get in some good speed workouts. Speaking of- for the year, I will only be doing (as of now) Boston, Tijuana Half Marathon, Lulu Half Marathon & Berlin Marathon. Talk about racing minimalist. Maybe if I do LESS races I will actually get faster. Novel concept.
Dialing down the INTENSITY:
So after having a couple weeks of feeling the real effects of mental and physical burnout- I needed to do something different. My legs were feeling the opposite of fresh (think ten day old bread). I felt like I had to do something different. I decided to up my miles – but make all my miles easier. Maybe it sounds counterintuitive to up the miles when I was already feeling tired, but easy miles without the speed and intensity I was throwing into my weeks sounded a lot more manageable. I ran double on most days- but took out my track workout and tempo for 2 weeks to dial down the intensity.
So after two weeks of trying this, I am feeling SO much better. This week I hit 75 miles- last week was probably high 60’s. I have kept most of my miles pretty easy (and majority on the treadmill) so that when I went out for my long runs I felt strong and coasted through them. My running easy for my long run this Saturday was 18 miles at 8:01 pace. At the end, I was obviously feeling tired and ready to be done- but was still able to push the last two miles: mile 17: 8 flat, and mile 18- 7:55. Seriously felt so encouraged after these last two decent long runs I have and like a PR in Boston (which is just 9 weeks away) is so much more attainable. Since running is SO mental- I know how important it is to get my brain on board for what I’m asking my body to do.
I got to shoot this week for BOA Closure Systems- they do the pop & lock lacing technology on shoes, apparel and gear (like my Specialized cycling shoes have BOA's on them- they keep the laces locked in place and help with transition times. But when you decide to walk your bike up mountains during a tri - who is worried about an extra 30 seconds to tie laces.) It was fun running back and forth doing action shots with them and trying to look like a normal, semi-attractive person while running. The shoes that they had were 7's and 8's in women. And I have not been that size since 6th grade, so I got to experience a little Asian foot binding. It really wasn't bad- and the upside was my feet have never looked so petite.
And here was my view....
I'm excited to start this week and READY to hit 80 miles this week- and start putting back in my speed workouts. I have been SCARED STRAIGHT by this recent bout of fatigue and overracing and I will be religious about doing my workouts but not looking for all the race day highs (i.e. more practicing the piano and less performances at Carnegie Hall unprepared).
Have an amazing week - and deviate from your schedule if that's what your body needs. That's what I've been doing, and it's making a world of difference!