Monday, February 24, 2014

Forgetting triathlon for the week (I just ran...)

My workouts this week would make you think I had shifted away from the world of triathlon and back to my early running days (that lacked any cross training). I didn't do any cross training, I spent no time on the bike, and, though not as surprising, I didn't get in the pool once. I was completely focused on running. It was a taper week to prepare for the half marathon that I had been training for in hopes of scoring a big PR. It was also the last preparation I was planning to do to PR at any running-only race this year. I wanted it to go well!

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?

6 comments:

Laura said...

I finally got aero bars installed on my bike Saturday and rode in aero for most of the ride. It felt great!!

http://www.sneakersandspatulas.com/2014/02/23/aero-bar-firsts-and-garmin-forerunner-bike-mount-hack/

runningsouthern.com said...

Congrats on your awesome half time, lady!! So excited for you that all your training is paying off lately.

Abby said...

Cannot wait to read the recap, congrats on the PR.

Helen Mills said...

Wow! Congrats Meghan! Amazing result and very much deserved! Cross-training clearly does pay off!

Jamie said...

Congratulations on a great PR!! I can't wait to read about it! I also raced a half marathon, but coming off of injury there was no PR for me.

Kristen said...

Setting a PR is one of the best feelings in the world! You have worked so hard and deserve to celebrate. Way to go Meghan! Can't wait to read all about it!