This week was a total roller coaster. I had 2 hard workouts on tap (strength intervals and goal race pace miles). I didn’t make either. The name of the game this week was recovery. I won’t lie, mid week I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to toe the line at all. Thanks to lots of support from friends, including my fellow Salties, I took a deep breath and decided to go with the process. I put the time in along with my last longish run and I am hopeful I will be minty fresh on race day.
Monday is my rest day. Arm weights only.
Tuesday I was scheduled for 50 minutes with a strength workout (3 x 1 mile @ 7:25). Wasn’t going to happen. My piriformis / left butt was not about to let me open up my stride without risk of strain. So I went conservatively and ran easy. 51 minutes / 5.8 / 8:51 pace. I was frankly just happy to be in my easy pace zone without pain. Also did leg pilates and foam rolling.
Wednesday I had 30 minutes easy on tap. Decided to sleep in, give myself extra rest and see how I felt when running with my Girls on the Run girls. Ugh. It wasn’t as I hoped and I was still in pain. 2+ miles. 17 minutes. I also did arm weights, leg pilates and foam rolling.
Thursday I was scheduled for 65 minutes with 6 miles at goal race pace. I’ll admit I was really hoping by today, I’d at least be ready for 1 or 2 mile intervals at goal race pace. But I wasn’t. So I ran easy and worried like hell about hitting the start line of Chicago. 65 minutes / 7.6 miles / 8:46 pace.
Friday was a rest day. I felt better (yay!) and did arm weights.
Saturday my son wanted to run a 5k. Cool. I had 30 minutes on tap and woke up feeling GREAT. I could 5k at goal race pace! I haven’t run GMP in 2 weeks, now is my chance! I got all decked out in my race gear and then (thankfully) found some perspective. No need to push now. Keep the eye on the main goal. What if GMP is too much and I hurt myself? Come on, Mint! I changed into spectating gear, and went out in 35 degrees and rain to watch my 13 year old BUST OUT at 17:09 5k. It was insane and I am so glad I didn’t miss it. His goal was to break 19 and, well, obviously he crushed it. Ended up with a win, 2+ minute PR and a course record. I told him to relish it as that is never likely to happen again! Not to mention his negative splits each mile. Man, I would LOVE a break-through like that! His training buddy (and fellow halfer this summer) was on his heels at 17:27. So amazing and inspiring. When I got home, I ran 30 minutes easy and was glad I didn’t push it as my right butt was still barky (dammit). 32 minutes / 3.6 / 9:01.
Sunday I slept in. Then I ran 1:45 in perfect conditions. My legs were tired, but typical one week out – everything is heavy -tired. Good news is my resting HR was nice and low for me (53). Ran 12 miles at 8:56 pace, even though it felt like 8:40 pace. I am feeling better and am no longer concerned I won’t be able to toe the line. I may adjust my goals slightly, but I am feeling optimistic. I am also so inspired by my boys and my friends who have been tearing it up out there. So cool!
Total: 4 hours 35 minutes / 31 miles.
It’s go time. My bib # is 2789 if you want to track me.