In reverse order from the title:
CIF Semi Finals
Our girls’ cross country team competed in the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Semi Finals on Saturday. While they didn’t advance to the finals, they all were amazing, several running personal bests on the very tough, hilly course at Mt. San Antonio College. Our twins, healthy again, finished together, which was a nice way to end a great season. Our other girls did very well, in spite of one with that pesky illness that made the rounds and another with a hip injury.
So, cross country season is over, and as always I have mixed feelings. I am happy to have some time back, especially my Saturdays, but I also miss seeing the team.
Now, onto the changes.
Change #1: The Turkey Trot
We had to change the venue of the Turkey Trot, basically at the last minute, due to difficulties holding it at the high school as originally planned. We chose to move it to La Quinta, using the same trail course that we use for the Gem of the Desert run. Now called Trot N on the Trail, the race is still a 5k distance, but now on the trails surrounded by the beauty of the La Quinta Cove. A great way to start Thanksgiving.
Change #2: A New Race Plan
The big change, and the real point of this post, is that I have decided not to run the San Diego Holiday Half Marathon. Originally, Alan was going to be the announcer and I was going along for fun and to run the race. His deal fell through, so I decided that since it would be so close to Christmas that I would switch to another race. This will also give me a little extra training time, since the Holiday Half is only about six weeks away.
Instead, I am going to train for the Palm Springs Half Marathon, which is on February 9. It is a great hometown event and I’ve participated in it in one way or another almost every year since the first. Alan has been the announcer for about the last 10 years. I myself was the volunteer coordinator for five years, and I’ve run either the half or the 5k many times. It is the race in which I ran my PR eons ago (2001-1:33:11). And we are great friends with the race director and his wife (my former marathon cohort back in the day).
Plus I now get more time to train properly. Unlike the Holiday Half which has a net elevation loss, this race is basically flat, with one longish, but mild hill. So in addition to my key workouts of interval training and tempo runs, I will be adding some hill training, mostly incorporating it once a week into one of my shorter runs. Here’s the plan if you’re interested. Click on the thumbnail for the full plan.
Since I knew by midweek about my change of plans, I didn’t worry about not quite getting in the mileage originally scheduled. I had to fast for a blood test on Tuesday, so I skipped the run, but I did my first tempo run in months on Wednesday. Two miles at about 20 seconds faster than my goal race pace! We were off to the (cross country) races on Saturday, so I barely had time for two miles. On Sunday Penny and I took to the trails for three miles, then I finished up alone for two more.
I plan to really get started on my training plan this week, and with no cross country practice or meets, it will be much easier finding the time. It’s also back to the gym and to my yoga mat, as strength training and yoga are both important components of my training plan. I’m excited to start training with a goal again, for the first time in about four months.
Have you ever had to make a change in mid-training? How did it turn out? How was your weekend?
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