Well, the hard stuff is over (except for the actual race). For the next six days, I’ll reduce my mileage and my effort. On Wednesday, I’ll run a little tempo at race pace, then that will be it until the race (I’d actually like one extra day, but my schedule doesn’t allow it except Saturday, and I’m choosing not to run the day before the race). I’ll be careful with my strength workouts this week, especially my Friday Fast & Furious class, which tends to leave me sore and tired.
I have to say that I’m pretty proud of the training that I’ve done for this race. While I didn’t manage all my workouts, usually only completed one speed workout a week, and totally failed on the yoga, my training was much more intense than it has been for years. When I found it difficult to get to the track for interval work, I made up for it by doing my intervals on the road. I stayed on track with all my distance training too. I’m pretty excited to see the results next Sunday. Here is my weekly training recap.
More of the same on the strength training front. Two Superball classes, which provide a moderate workout, and one Fast and Furious Class, which was challenging, added an extra mile to my running total, and left my back kind of sore for a day. I will definitely skip it next Friday! See the photo below for the workout (we did jump squats instead of split squat jumps).
As many runners and bloggers did this past week, I dedicated my Tuesday run to Boston. I wore a race shirt and ran three miles with Alan and the dogs. Easy pace on the way out, uphill, pushed it a little on the downhill portion.
I knew that Wednesday would be my last speed work day before the La Jolla Half Marathon, so I made it a good one. After running three miles with Penny to warm up, I took her home then went back and did three-one mile repeats on the road. The first was 8:15, the second was 8:09, and the third, in which I had just a little breathing (asthma) difficulty, was 8:19. I was happy with that. It still kind of makes me laugh to think that I once did a whole marathon at a 7:30 pace.
Age Time will tell!
I skipped my Saturday run. Because I had to work, it was only going to be three miles, but I woke up with a slight headache generally feeling yucky. So, I took an extra hour of sleep instead of the run. When I got home from work I had a package from Roadrunner Sports. New Shoes! I had just ordered them on Friday and I had them in my hands by Saturday afternoon. That’s the RRS VIP treatment alright!
On Sunday, Alan was announcing the Run Through Redlands Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and Color Splash Run. I only had eight miles on the schedule, so I just took off along the course before the races started to do my run. Redlands is very pretty. My grandparents used to live there, but I don’t remember exactly where. I kind of rambled during my run, got off the race course, and ended up with what felt like my first hill work of my training cycle! There are some beautiful homes in Redlands. I took a lot of pictures last year when I did a similar run, so I didn’t plan to take any this year, until I saw this house and couldn’t help myself.
When I headed back toward the start, I ended up running alongside the 10k runners, which gave me a little push (plus it was finally downhill!). I ended up with 8.5 miles. After my run, I hung around the little expo while Alan worked until the last runner finished. It was getting warm near the end, so I found a place in the shade and watched Alan work.
Even though I didn’t run the half marathon I checked the results. The woman who won my age group ran 2:17! Last week I ran 2:09 in my training run. I think Redlands has a tougher course, but even based on my pace today I would have done quite well. Oh well.
Here are a few more pictures of my Sunday:
If you are interested, here is my complete training log for last week (click to enlarge).
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