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Confession of the week: I don't like Sunday races. It's not a religious thing, it's a life philosophy/blogging thing.
From the life philosophy standpoint, I like the clean break of starting my weekend with the Big Event, whether it be a race or my long run and then spending the rest of the weekend resting and daydreaming about it before I go back to work on Monday. If for some reason I'm not able to run on Saturday due to weather or life events, then I have Sunday as a backup to do my run. Alcohol wise, running interferes greatly with my drinking, so it's nice to splurge on Saturday night if I want to.
From the blogging standpoint, Sunday mornings are my time to muse over the past week's fitness adventures and write it all out. I like having the space of 24 hours since the event to reflect back on things. I do much better if I think before I write.
All of which is to say that I am clicking the publish button ahead of today's race. Sorry to leave you with a cliffhanger on how the Great Uphill 15k turned out, but there is no way that I'll be able to do it justice if I write about it immediately after the race. I'll drop a wristie and a few thoughts on the insta sometime this afternoon. If it's a great race it will get its own post sometime next week, and if I turns out like I expect it to, I'll say something about it in next week's post.
So here is how my fitness week went:
Monday: Weights and 4.5 miles. I did the run at a deliberately slow and relaxed effort and had the same result as last week with my highest average heart rate of the week. I'm going to put a pause on the turtle efforts for a while.
Tuesday: 6.25 miles total. I don't know how to say this besides Monday me and Tuesday me were not the same person. My workout was from RunCoach. 1.25 miles warm up, 1 mile @ 10:08, 2 x half mile at 9:43, 1 mile @ 10:08, cool down. I haven't run paces like that in a while, so I set my pace warnings for 10:30 for the miles and 10:00 for the halfs and tried not to remember what the paces were "supposed" to be in the moment.
Results: I ran 10:19 for the first mile, 9:39 pace for both half miles (seriously - I was unaware that I had even splits until after the workout), and then 10:13 for the 2nd mile. More importantly I felt great for the rest of the day. So that is none too shabby.
Wednesday: weights, no running.
Thursday: hey can I have Tuesday me back? My plan was to do another speed workout from RunCoach, but I didn't sleep very well that night. Without starting there was no way to know if it was going to be a case of "feel bad run good" or "trainwreck city", so I kicked off my planned workout. I felt pretty good for my warm up and the beginning of my first interval. And then I started struggling to hold the pace so I backed off and "just ran". 6.25 miles.
Friday: I had two orders of business to take care of on this run. Thing one: crash Kim's pi party. Thing two: get my Lucky's out of the box and put some miles on them before Sunday's race. TBH, I don't think that it's necessary to "break in" running shoes in this day and age BUT even though they have shamrocks I'm not about to push my luck.
Saturday: I now have in my possession 4 safety pins, a race bib, and a sweatshirt.
Sunday: tune in next week to find out how the 15k turned out!
I'll be cranking out the virtual Shamrock Shuffle next weekend. I may not live in Chicago but I do have a 5 mile race in my town, so I can at least use a real race course.
Following up on last week's post, I'm getting closer to firing my "coach" a.k.a myself. I simply don't know what I am doing and it's time to turn it over to someone who does. I won't do anything about this next week, but my goal is to contact the coach that I've picked out by the end of March.