I am proud of myself this week for again getting every training run in with Christmas being Tuesday and heading up to Chattanooga Thursday through Sunday. But, at the same time, I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get cross training in this week. Though it isn't the end of the world and I'm going to get on the bike tomorrow to make up for it, I still can't shake that.
And I guess this whole "taper blues" that people talk about is starting to sink in. Though this isn't a massive drop in mileage, it's at least 5-10 miles less than I've been doing for the last 15 weeks, and my body feels like it's slacking a little bit. I'm not sure how I'm going to stand it for the next two major cutback weeks. I guess I just have to trust the plan (that I've been doubting quite frequently the last couple of days...someone make me stop).
The runs this week, aside from Friday, were stellar.
The run on Christmas felt hard, but the pace wasn't terrible.
The tempo run on Wednesday was amazing. That 8:25 pace felt solid, but I didn't feel like I was going to fall over to the side of the road during it or when I was done.
It was Friday's run that stunk a bit. I rescheduled runs while in Chattanooga since it was super cold and my parents live on a mountain. I ran this one on their treadmill, and this 9:47 pace felt harder than the 8:25 pace from Tuesday. I'm not sure if it was the altitude of running on the mountain (is that even possible?), the Christmas treats and carbs I'd been enjoying, or tired legs from the runs before. Whatever it was, the run was embarrassing.
Today's long run of 12 miles (funny how that just doesn't feel that long) was fantastic. I'd venture to say that it was the best long run of my training plan. I was going to run two miles without music, but I ended up running a little over 8 before putting it in. I took my GU at 8, finished the second part of the route I was on, and was done. It flew by, and my pace felt fantastic. I think it bodes well for what will be happening two weeks from now (that's the marathon, if you didn't know).
This upcoming week is an even bigger step down, and I just hope not to feel worthless.
The only thing I'll do different is cross train Monday to make up for the cross training I didn't do this week.
Linkup your workouts this week with me, Kat, and Genna. They don't have to be running, and you don't have to be training for anything! Just share what you've done!
What workout this week was your best?
Which one are you most proud of?