Another week of training complete, and now it’s less than 3 weeks until race day.
In some ways I wish it would just hurry up and get here, but in other ways I’m nervous and want the day to hold off a while longer.
I think I’m as ready as I’ll ever be for this particular race though, so most of me just wants time to hurry along toward April 21st!
Enough with the race chatter; I’ve got a special spot this week.
This one is almost photo booth quality…
…or at least pretty good for self photography!
This is 2295, and she’s one of those cows that appreciates an occasional pat or scratch behind the ears. She’s not super friendly, but she tolerates attention. 🙂
She does look a bit “wild” in this picture, so I thought I should include another one just for good measure.
See, perfectly docile.
And now for the running.
It was a good week, but not a great week. I had an awesome speed session where I nailed 6 repeats of 800m in 3:45, and my long run – which I devoted a whole post to – was also encouraging.
On Wednesday morning I had the pleasure of running in cool, sunny conditions in Sioux Falls, SD. JR and I spent a quick overnight there for a dairy conference, and I was surprised by the beauty (and hills) I encountered during the 1/2 hour I found time to run.
Case in point:
BUT, I simply did not hit the mileage I wanted. This week was supposed to be 30 miles, and then I’d cut back a little each week until race day.
I would have gotten closer to 30 miles if I’d done a few recovery miles yesterday, but with my foot still feeling a little off I decided to skip it.
I know a 1/2 doesn’t require a full taper necessarily, but I want to have fresh legs for the race. But now I’m wondering if I should strive for 30 miles this week instead? Ah- the problems of a runner…
March 26 – April 1
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 5.5 miles in 48:51 with 6 x 800m each 3:45 (7:30 pace) (TM)
Wednesday – 3.35 miles easy in 34:04 @ 10:10 pace (outside, Sioux Falls)
Thursday – 2.02 miles easy in 20:19 @ 10:04 pace (outside)
Friday – rest
Saturday – 13.16 miles long in 2:06:14 @ 9:35 pace, last 3 miles about race pace (outside)
Sunday – rest
Total = 24 miles