Week one of taper complete. Phew. I got online this week to search for a new pair of shoes for the race, I am flying through them lately. I was waffling between getting another pair of Saucony Kinvaras or my go-to shoe, the Brooks Pure Cadence. I bought a pair of Kinvaras recently because the newest update (5) on my beloved Brooks was truly heart-breaking and, although I like the Kinvaras, the Cadence will forever be my sole-mate.
I randomly (or was it fate?) found the Cadence 4 on clearance in my favorite color combo that I haven’t been able to get since last fall before NYC. They arrived Friday afternoon in all their peacock/monarch butterfly-colored splendor, and slipping my foot into them truly felt like coming home. On my long run Saturday I wore them out on their virgin run and shouted, “I love these shoes!” at the top of my lungs for the whole world to hear as I made my way around Cottage Grove Lake in the sun burning through the fog dawn.
Mentally, I feel a little nervous about the race next Saturday but also totally ready and anxious to get it over with so I can change gears for a couple of months. I promised my friend Kate that I will do one trail run a week with her this summer and then pace her last 25-30 miles of a 100-miler she’s doing in September. The plan after that? CIM. But first, I need to get through taper week number two and then kick some ass in Newport June 4.
Sunday: 5 easy treadmill miles. Pretty tired after yesterday’s 21-miler.
Monday: 6 easy, pushing the stroller.
Tuesday: 6 mile mini treadmill workout. Warm up 2 miles, 3 miles @7:13, 1 mile @6:48.
Wednesday: 8 miles, recovery pace.
Thursday: 9.3 miles with 6 @6:58 average. Legs felt tough and rested today. Strong run with two strong ladies!
Friday: 5 miles, recovery pace.
Saturday: 14 miles, last 3 @7:09 (MGP). Met up with my coach and another friend for a lovely run over the river, through the woods, and around the lake. Felt tired the entire time, but still managed to get the last three down to race pace. Looking super forward to heading to the coast this afternoon and actually taking tomorrow 100% off running, my first day off this month!
Weekly total: 53.3 miles, 3 core/upper body workouts