Happy day-before-Easter! And day-before-the-day-before-the-Boston-Marathon!
Shakeout + warm-up + rope stretch + drills + strides + race + cool down to long run mileage + blazing sun + ice bath = one tired college student. And yet I’m writing this outside 😉 Sitting on the terrace after dinner, listening to a woodpecker, and enjoying the twilight weather.
The past few weeks have been shockingly good. Under other circumstances, there would be nothing noteworthy about them, but considering I couldn’t walk after the race two weeks ago, putting together two consecutive weeks of good training has been unbelievable.
Last week: 41.5 miles + 145 min XT + yoga. I had two really good off-track workouts and ran six days in a row, including a 10-mile soft surface run on Saturday. Took Sunday completely off.
This week was the most intense running week I’ve had in months. I ran 46 miles, 3 workouts, and have only cross trained one time! What!? I’ll do a more thorough training recap tomorrow, but today is for the race 🙂
Today was a low-key meet about half an hour from our campus. Since I’m redshirting this season, my coach let me race the 3k again even though everyone else raced their “off” events. The past few days have not felt great; 3 workouts in 4 days make for a tired body, and I ran on Wednesday instead of cross training. I was hoping to run close to 10:00 today, but when I woke up this morning and still felt crappy, I just accepted whatever was going to happen.
Post-shakeout breakfast, 3.5 hours before the race: oatmeal with almond milk, egg whites, cinnamon, ginger, banana, berries, and peanut butter, along with plain Greek yogurt and coffee.
My teammate drove me to the meet since I can’t take the vans, and it didn’t feel like race day at all. We rope stretched, warmed up for 20 minutes, and did drills and strides. The meet was so small that they ended up scratching the men’s steeplechase and men’s 3k, and there were only 10 people in the women’s 3k (including 5 from my school).
The 3k was at 11:30 am, at which point it was about 75 degrees and the sun was directly overhead. I rarely do well in the heat, so I was kind of worried. I was also not nearly as excited for this race as I was for the last one…
One of our teammates was supposed to pace the rest of us through the mile, but she went out a little too fast and we never closed the gap (she won by a lot). I think our first two laps were 77 and 82, and then I took over pacing duties through the mile (80 and 81ish). I did not feel good, but I was really proud of that third lap.
After the 1600, one of my teammates and one girl from another school gapped me, and I should’ve rallied harder but didn’t. I felt pretty crappy from 1600 to 2600, but the clock read 8:55 with a lap to go, and I knew that a stronger last lap would get me a PR, no matter how small. I really hit the hurt locker on that last lap but closed in an 80 (which is not impressive, but better than an 82) for a 2-second PR of 10:15.
- The good: I did not run poorly in the heat; strong third lap; strong(er) last lap; remembering how to race rather than just run; my teammates ran really well!
- The “bad”: Falling off in the second half; generally felt beaten down; didn’t run as fast as I know I can (I will be a sub-10 3k runner, dang it!).
After the race, we had a long cool down in order to get to long run mileage. After the last race, I couldn’t even walk, so I brought my phone along today just in case I had to call my coach to come pick me up. Luckily, that didn’t happen! Instead, we ran 5 miles on some beautiful local trails for total daily mileage of 11.5ish.
Post-race refuel: a coffee chocolate Rx bar, lots of water, strawberry lime Tropical Smoothie, and turkey/apple/cheddar sandwich from Panera. Looking forward to movies and ice cream tonight 🙂
Overall, today’s race was okay- can’t be upset with a PR (or can I?) but I want more!! I’m racing a road 5k next Saturday, but I think that’s it for this season since I can’t race at conferences or ECACs. Dang it. Oh well.