Taper & Half Marathon Goals

I’ve started and stopped an re-started this post a half dozen times already. After my long run this weekend – which was hot, humid, and hard – it went something like this.
So I’ve given up on any time goal for my race. Maybe I’ll just go out and treat it like a long run and not race it all. I’m tired and think I peaked about a month ago and just don’t have it in me to run hard for 13.1 miles. A day out from my run when the memory of just how hard it felt was fuzzy, I started thinking Eh, it wasn’t that badI’m ready for this race and I may not meet my A goal, but I’m okay with that. Fast forward another two days and I’ve been struck down by my 100th cold of the season and I’m thinking Crap. I don’t know if I’ll meet my B or C goal either! At this point the hay is in the barn – or it isn’t – and I just want to get to race day healthy and feeling like I gave it a good shot – whatever that race time equates to . . . though I’d be lying if I said I won’t be disappointed if I don’t come in under 1:50 so I guess there still is a race time I have my sights set on!

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With 2 weeks of no IT Band pain under my belt I attempted to get in a speed workout, since I haven’t really done one in a month! My plan called for 2x1200m & 4x800m intervals. Nervous about aggravating my IT band I dialed back the pace from what I had last done these intervals at and went for it. Holy burning lungs! I managed 2×1200 @7:24 pace and completed only 2 of the 800s at 7:10 pace when I legitimately thought I might have to run to the bathroom and throw up. It was baaaad! When I got home I looked to see what my last speed workout that I completed was, hoping I wasn’t too far off from it. It was a 4x1200m @7:08 pace workout. That was a major hit to my confidence.

I wanted to see how my IT band responded to the speed work (it felt totally fine for the first 18 hours after and then felt tight on Friday when I started running. A mile in and all tightness was gone) before I resumed adding in speed + tempos + long runs so I ran my next workout easy and had the goal of putting these 5 tempo miles in the middle of my long run. That didn’t quite pan out. I only managed to get one of the miles under 8 min/mi pace and was struggling big time. Not only did I skip the last tempo mile, I used it as an excuse to turn around and head home. Mile 9 I treated myself to a leisurely water refill and stopped to chat with a friend I ran into. Usually I try to rush through water stops and hope I don’t hit any stoplights. This run I looked forward to any and every chance to stop and by the time I got home, and found myself locked out of the house, I was debating eating the $85 entry fee I paid for the race and sitting it out.

A little rest and a recovery smoothie later I felt better and came out of  my mini freak-out. Hopefully this was a chance of getting my bad run (since there’s always at least one every training cycle) out of the way and that come race day I’ll show up feeling refreshed and ready to run!

Who else is racing this month? 

 

 

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Injury Update

Sub-title: Half Marathon Training Week 13!
Sub-title 2: Time to get my act together! 

My superstitious side has hesitated even writing this out, BUT I am relieved to say that I ran 31 miles last week and had no IT Band pain. (I knocked on wood after typing this so my superstitious side feels better, even if I sound nutty!) And I’m not the only one doing better – my husband was able to start swimming this week and he has a lot more fluidity of motion when walking. His physical therapist thinks he will be able to start running again in June. Happy news!

So what did my peak week of training look like? Well, not what was on my training plan.

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More important though were those important 2 words in the notes section of my training log: Pain free.

Wednesday I ran at home and something I’ve been dreading happened . . .

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I watched the final episode of the last season of Scandal on Netflix. My time with Olivia Pope & Associates has been my absolute favorite and I don’t know how I’m going to replace it. I tried a few not-quite-tempo miles in the middle to see how they felt. My knee felt fine through them and afterward, but I felt like I was working really hard those 3 miles.

Saturday was my long run and it was the first time in awhile that I felt excited for a long run. It was also the first time in awhile that I prepped the night before – laying out my outfit, getting my fuel together, and making sure my watch was charged – instead of realizing the morning of that my battery was nearly dead or I was out of GU. The first 6 miles ticked by quickly and each mile on I was subconsciously holding my breath. Would I start to feel tightness outside on the outside of my knee? Would I need to stop? By the time I got home 7 miles later I felt a huge sense of relief. Here’s hoping that I’m able to successfully keep any further IT band issues at bay. Now I’m off to MYRTL!

What’s your favorite series on Netflix? Any podcast suggestions?