I am not going to outline every run and workout for the past 3 weeks. There have been some tough days and some good days, but I needed to step away from the log a little bit. If you really want to know, my log is public.
Here is the basic rundown:
I had some seriously stressful days and an overnight work trip that made it difficult to stay on schedule. I missed a couple of speed workouts. Nothing horrible, but not great.
Then I had a big trial long run: 11 mile warmup and 10 at marathon pace. Dave was driving alongside with hydration and Lanni was pacing. I did the warmup a little faster than I should have and then had stomach issues when we started the hard stuff. I had to bail at 14 miles. This was a confidence destroyer (and frankly it was pretty embarrassing), but I knew that I needed to mentally stay strong and positive – it is just one workout. On the plus side, I got in 14 miles averaging 6:30 pace, that is not a bad workout. My last three miles were 6:05, 6:14, and 6:14.
After this workout I did decide to revise my goals for CIM. Initially I wanted to run under 2:50. Then I started seeing some serious improvement after Dave started coaching me. I ran the half in 1:17 and started thinking I would shoot for 2:42 or even just under 2:40. I may be in shape to run that, but it just seems like there is a huge risk of blowing up and having a miserable race. I now think a reasonable “A” goal is 2:45 (which is 15 minutes faster than I ran in June).
I struggled with the stomach issues for a few more days and ended up taking some days off just to be safe. Then I ran a 10x800m workout with 30 second rests. I started with some 2:52s and then worked my way down to some 2:38s. Unfortunately I ended up with stomach issues again and the workout ended up being 9x800m + 1x500m.
Once again, not a bad workout and shows that I am in the best shape I have ever been in. It was still frustrating that I had to cut it short. It was the kind of thing where I could choose to focus on the positive or on the negative – both story lines were there. I wish I could say that I stayed positive, but I waffled. I see both sides and know that I have some great fitness, but 26.2 is a long ways to run and a lot can go wrong.
Overall my mileage has been way down. The weekend after that workout I ran 14 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. Both were good runs and signaled the start of my taper.
On Thanksgiving I ran the Boulevard Bolt. Dave didn’t want me to race it (smart), so I tried to hold it to a tempo effort. I ran a 28:22 which was probably just a little faster than a true tempo effort. The exciting thing is that last year on Thanksgiving I ran a 5k all out (still my 5k PR) and it was the same pace as I ran 5 miles controlled this year. That was my last workout before CIM and there wasn’t really a negative storyline to this one.
Looking at the splits, it looks like I had a new 5k PR by 10-15 seconds at the end of the Bolt. I am looking forward to racing a 5k next year and hopefully getting under 17:00
Friday after Thanksgiving I was able to go run with Scott W in his home turf around Moss Wright Park and then Saturday I went for my last longish run with Kevin, Courtney, Scott B, Steven, and Jay. Sunday I was able to run 8 miles with Dave, Ashley, and Emily. It was great to be able to get that dose of camaraderie as I enter my last week of taper.
So now we taper. I am trying to be careful with what I eat and would like to show up in California with a light, but healthy and strong race weight. It might be hard not to put on a few pounds, so I am trying to eat a little healthier.
I am definitely in PR shape. This week is all about preparing for race day. Fuel, hydrate, rest, run, relax, focus, and visualize.
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