I cut back on this week in preparation for the Fort Worth Half marathon on 11/12, and spent some time reflecting on how funny it is to consider 45 miles a “cutback” week! I had one hard workout and a medium long run, and managed to get to the gym a few times for some strength training. This week I’ll taper big time (like maybe 12 miles total) and get ready for Sunday!
Monday- 8 easy miles, 7:54 pace. Later I got in some strength training.
Tuesday- Last mile repeats of the season, thank goodness. 2 mile warmup, and then 3×1 mile at 6:07, 6:06. 6:06 (goal was 6:05 but I’ll call that good enough) with .5 mile slog between, 1 cooldown. Last week after a workout I noticed some pain in my left hip/glute/SI joint, so I went to Airrosti to check it out because I can still feel it on speed days. He didn’t think it was anything too serious-TFL and glute med issue. I got some fun rehab exercises and hopefully it will be gone by the race.
Wednesday- 7 easy, 7:54 pace again. I did some strength training here too.
Thursday- Back to the track. Today’s workout was 6×800 at goal half pace, which is a 3:26 800. I’ve been doing them at 2:53, so these felt painfully slow, to the point where I was basically shuffling the last 50 or so meters. My coach said this is supposed to show me that half pace is not that fast…hopefully 13.1 miles continuously will feel as easy as 6×800 with rest.
Friday-I had 6.5 easy that I just did not want to do. It was chilly and gloomy and I was in a bad mood, so I did this on the treadmill with the sole purpose of catching up on Grey’s Anatomy. The episode was meh and so was my run (8:30 pace). Later I took a yoga class.
Sunday-10 easy, 8:17 pace. The one morning a year that I enjoy going back to standard time is the one where the sun is actually up when I run for the first time. I spent this run excited to watch Shalane and Meb, and boy did they deliver on some great races when I got home!