Nothing demonstrates the difference between my training under my old coach and training with McMillan more than a race. With a 10 mile race this past Saturday, my week’s load was light. Even better, I get to enjoy a recovery week after the race. So nice! Much better than following up a 10 mile race with a hard week and then getting injured (duh). I’m excited to rest up from a solid performance and get a little fitness bounce from it in time for my next race, a 10k in three weeks!
Anyway, I raced on Saturday! I ran a 10 mile race that I’ve run several times. I set my PR at it with the win back in 2011 in 1:04:47 and ran it last year in 1:07:48 (or 47, I forget and am too lazy to look it up). Based on my training this year and my attitude lately, I figured best case I’d match my performance from last year when I was way more motivated to prove my worth to my team. Now that I’m flying solo and still struggling with the after-effects of overtraining, I’m going to be honest and say I wasn’t sure I’d line up ready to relatively crush it. Maybe I’d line up and feel the fire, but I’m self-aware enough to know that maybe I wouldn’t. But I wanted to go and wanted to do my best with whatever self I had to work with.
This was a really interesting race for me. I ended up running almost the same time as last year, 1:07:55 and I felt much better mentally and physically, I have to say! I ran pretty even splits this year and felt strong the last few miles, although I struggled with boredom and feeling a little over it during mile 8. But I rallied and pushed myself to the end. I felt like my old old self, when I felt fresh and energized by a race and smart about my strategy rather than going out overly ambitiously and paying for it. My ability to feel pace is much closer to the way it used to be and I just felt happy to be there. And that’s just half the story!
I’ll be writing more about the other half, stay tuned. But here’s a photo teaser 🙂
Mon: 5.5 early and easy with no watch and 45:00 piyo class.
Tue: 8 x :90 at 10 mile race effort with 90 second easy in between.
Wed: 6 easy with no watch,
Thu: 6 early and easy with no watch,
Fri: 4 with 5 x :20 strides.
Sat: 14 with 10 mile race in 1:07:55
Sun: Off day! Sleeping in, baby!
Total: 42 miles and 45:00 piyo class.