In this weeks adventures, I ran a virtual 5k that was all Turkey and not much trot. 20.6 miles.
Monday: was an impossible day on the work front. I had an early meeting and an insane amount of stuff to get done by close of business. So I did what I used to do every single weekday morning of my life before the pandemic, which was to get up before six and hit the treadmill for a short run. I took 10 seconds to eat a banana but didn't have coffee in advance since I knew that would make me drag my feet. Well, I ended up dragging my feet anyway because my body did not welcome the uncaffeinated effort. 3 miles later and I was feeling the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal (I know it's a ridiculous thing to say, but that's exactly how I felt for the rest of the day). It took me a long time to transition to first thing in the morning workouts, and this was a wake up call that it will take me a while to transition back (and yeah I will not be transitioning back until the pandemic is over...the price of being "camera ready" for early meetings is just too high).
Tuesday: I had a much more reasonable schedule, so I did my "pandemic normal" of sleeping in until the rest of my family got up at 6:15 and taking my sweet old time over coffee. After the kids left for school I hit the treadmill for 3 miles. It was a much better workout than Monday, but that is about all I can say about it.
In other Tuesday fitness news, the Turkey Trot sent out the "abundance of caution" email late in the afternoon. This was not unexpected since the county issued a stay at home advisory over the weekend. Now look, if giving up races will do anything to help slow the pandemic, I'm more than happy to make the sacrifice, but I am going to steer you toward Elizabeth Clor's excellent point that races are cancelled but bars are open for business.
Thursday: Turkey Trot, emphasis on the turkey. Yes I ran my race. Though in retrospect maybe I should have gone to a bar instead? I've been virtual racing's biggest champion, but my heart just wasn't in this one. A month ago when things were looking good my goal was sub 30, but I've been in a fitness slump. Either I pushed too hard or run too many miles so I'm backing off until my body tells me to ramp it up again. My goal for this race was to not look at my Garmin. To support the goal, I set up a workout of 6 x half mile with a .12 mile cool down (so that if I did look all I would have seen was my pace within the half mile). I ran at a spicy intensity but didn't kill myself = achievement unlocked.
Friday: the weather was nice, so I set off for as many miles as I wanted to run. 5.25 total.
Saturday: 6.25 miles total. I wanted to give myself a little spice, so I set up a workout of 3 miles easy, and then 0.1 miles fast/0.2 miles recover x 10 for the back half. Although my overall time was slow, I was amazed at how quickly the time went by.
My two running goals for 2020 were to run 12 races and to run a sub 9 minute mile. While I am not saying that I won't...I am saying that it is unlikely and I am content to let both of these goals go.
- I've run 10 races this year, two "real" and eight virtual. I will be running many 3.1 and 6.2 distance runs in the next month, but I don't have a "why" to designate these as races. On the other hand I can see running the 5 mile "uphill in all directions" race course on Christmas Eve and maybe knocking out another 3.1 on New Year's Eve...in a normal year I would show up whether my heart was in it or not. Stay tuned.
- I meant to do the mile time trial at the end of the summer, but just never got around to it, partly due to weather and partly due to other races. If my body wants to snap back and get speedy in the next month, great, but realistically I don't see it happening. And you know what? I'll be just as interested in making the goal in 2021.
And...I have a plan to finish out the year. I'm going to give the tease that it's something that all of the cool kids are doing. My expectation is that it will help ease me back into treadmill running and goose up my strength work. I will Tell All next week (and if it's really that good I'm sure I'll say something on the 'gram before then).
That's all for now...see you next week! Happy sweating everyone!