Okay, my goal for the past weekend was:
Friday- bike 20, run 2
Saturday- run 4
Sunday- run 10
Monday- bike 30
My actual workouts went more like this:
Friday- bike 17.3 (pace 17 mph), run 2 (pace 9:00)
Saturday- run 3.8 (pace 8:56)
Sunday- run 9 (pace 9:37)
Monday- rode around the block a few times with the boys and rode to the gelato shop for an after dinner treat 🙂
So, all in all, I did what I set out to do. Today was kind of a wash, but the boys needed some quality Mama time and they LOVE it when Ryan and I ride our bikes with them. The best part is that they are finally getting strong enough to keep up a decent pace for a few miles. I LOVE THAT!
My thighs were screaming at me after my run yesterday. I did 3 days of running in a row and that is a huge no-no to me. I normally try to alternate with biking as much as possible. My body just needs time to recuperate after a run, especially a long run. (“Long” run being relative. To me, 9 miles is long. To a marathon runner, 20 miles is long. To me a year ago, 4 felt long.) So instead of pushing my body further than it needs to go, I decided to take a rest today. My legs were telling me to stretch, do a light ride, and some yoga. This is what I did. I still have one more night shift left at work to get through after all 😦
It is great to set goals, but you have to listen to your body. If you are having pain, take it easy. No one needs a stress fracture or any other preventable injury for that matter.
My goal for my half marathon is 2:00:00. I am not extremely confident that I can maintain a 9:15/mile if it is hot. I will still TRY my best to do it, but it may not happen this time around. I am SO inconsistent with my run times lately (see above). I have thought about running with the pacer at this race to try to keep my pace steady. I have my doubts about that idea… have any of you ran with a pace group? Any suggestions? Do I need to talk to them or can I still chill and listen to my tunes? Do they run through the water stops or do they account for this time in the GOAL time? HELP!