“We can always be chasing the sun! So fill up your lungs and just run.
“But always be chasing the sun!”
General training notes: A solid week of training, plus a short getaway to Sanibel, FL? Done and done! This was my final week to complete tough workouts before the Philadelphia Half-Marathon this Sunday (eeeek!), so Coach Pat and I rearranged my schedule a bit; as you’ll see below, my speedwork and long run occurred before flying South on Wednesday. Now, the hay is in the barn, and I’ll be doing my best to take it easy this week so my legs feel fresh.
Monday – a.m. run
Whew, Mondays are rough anyway, so why not add some speedwork? Coach Pat had me do 500s, a new-to-me interval. They felt a lot like 400s, but longer (obviously), and it took long for the “my butt’s going to fall off” feeling to kick in. As I plugged away, it occurred to me the paces I was hitting was essentially how fast three-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae ran her record-breaking marathon in Kona this year. So painful, so humbling.
Tuesday – a.m. run
All right. I take full responsibility for this OK 11 miler; after last week’s long run, I anticipated another confidence-boosting outing, but that was not the case. Isn’t it funny how staying out late, not getting enough sleep, and not wearing the proper layers can affect a run? Granted, my average pace was still where it should’ve been, but it just didn’t feel good.
Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
Abbreviated sufferfest at Tailwind because I had a flight to catch.
Thursday – a.m. run
Four easy miles on the beach
Doesn’t count unless there’s a selfie, right?
Friday – a.m. run
Another four easy miles on the beach
Saturday – off
Sunday – a.m. run
Last 45-minute steady run before Philly—and I nailed it!
And with that, it’s taper time!