I still would call my workouts last week a success because of the result of the main event on Sunday! The Gasparilla Half Marathon turned out better than I could have hoped.
Here are my workouts:
Monday: Like usual, my full rest day.
Tuesday: 6 mile tempo run with middle 4 miles at tempo. I had planned not to take this one too hard since it was still a rest week, but what ended up feeling not too hard surprised me and made me excited for the weekend ahead. My tempo miles were 8:14, 8:06, 8:09, and 8:08, and they felt really manageable.
Wednesday: I had plans after work so ran with a colleague after work. It was fun, but it wasn't as slow as it should have been. I still ended up running 5 miles around 9:30 pace, when I was hoping to go more towards 10:00/mile.
Thursday: I ran 3 miles and took slow to a whole new level. I ran those three miles at a 10:27 pace, but somehow it felt harder than the tempo run on Tuesday. I guess my legs were just really tired and were trying to scare me.
Friday: Full rest day
Saturday: 2 mile shakeout run. It was so hot and humid and it made me really nervous for the following day. I did a couple of pickups and felt good, but I came back drenched in sweat from 2 miles in the high 9:50 range. I decided, though, that it wouldn't get me down. I wasn't going to let the weather dictate how my race went, even though I'd normally let it get in my head. So much of running and racing is mental, and I've been working on hard building mental strength with the physical strength.
Sunday: Gasparilla Half Marathon! I'm going to write my whole recap to post tomorrow, but I ran a 1:49:43 and blew my goals out of the water.
And now, after a few days of taking easy and working out my soreness, it's back to the grindstone with triathlon training. I have got to stop making excuses for getting up in the morning to swim or ride my bike. It isn't cute, and it isn't going to get me through 140.6 miles in September.
How was your week? Any racing?