plyopower + 3 mile TM (increase speed every half mile to 7.5) - good start to the week, felt good
10 mile Hinsdale Rail-Trail; no watch, very easy pace
AM: Kilburn Loop run "with" Greg and Griffin (he went in the opposite direction and scared me...but I knew he would do that! :))...awesome run, felt strong and it's amazing how loud the rain is in the forest - it poured! It was just an awesome run. Log 8 miles. I needed that...
PM: 1 hour spin class - we did the profile of Stage 10 of the Tour de France, kinda fun. Meant to go as a recovery ride but did a little more work than I planned, felt good though so no harm done. Plus core.
10 min elliptical + 4 mile TM, ended strong + upper body strength plus some core +Spin class (45 min);
Wouldve had a stronger spin class but was starving and started to get shaky. Overall a good workout though and I feel good. Decided to run Stowe 8-miler this weekend because it's going to be 10 degrees cooler up there than here and I might as well get a workout in since I was going to go and watch Greg anyway. Will keep it steady at 8 min pace so as not to over do it. Log 4 more....Afternoon dip in the Putney healing waters...
2 miles plus dynamic warm-up on Railtrail while Greg and Griffin did 5 or so. Didn't dare try to pull off the 8-10 I had planned even though I did feel better once I got going. My hips are really bound up but what's more worrisome is my right anterior lower leg hurt for awhile in the run- the whole time today and a couple miles yesterday on the treadmill. I find that pain way more annoying than the hip. Even though I'm not planning on any PRr's Sunday (as if I had one for 8 miles) I know I don't want to feel that for 8 miles and would like to have a good strong training run. So we'll see. Been eating crap for 2 full days....healthy tomorrow...I hope.
Spin class (75 minutes), felt good. Hung out with Justin, Greg, Glen, and Kevin Gorman for dinner and trips to the magical waters of Putney.
STOWE-8 MILER; 1:08/8:37 pace; 20/71 age division; log 9 miles
This week: 36 miles
A pretty good week of work this week with the Kilburn run on Wednesday being my favorite and when i felt the most strong. Sunday morning we (greg, me, and goupil) got up real early and headed to Stowe. This being the race I had been going back and forth about whether or not I would run or watch. Well, I ran.
I ate plenty in the morning and we got there early enough so I didn't have to wait in line for the porta-potty (see Glenn Hammetts blog for why I waited until getting all the way to Stowe before going to the bathroom! I assure you I had to go earlier.). Anyway, it was beautiful weather, I warmed up a little and I really felt good. My out loud goal was 64 minutes and in my head thought I could even get under that a couple minutes. Afterall, this year I have had two 10-milers and a half marathon at 8:05 pace so an 8-miler should be great distance for me! Even as the race started and right up to .75 miles I felt good and ready to go....My splits went something like this...
Mile 1...7:45. Hmmm. ok, well I can still make up some time later, so its alright.
Mile 2...8:12. Well that evened out my pace to an 8-min. Might have to settle for 64 minutes.
Mile 3...8:48. REALLY? Totally should have watched this friggen race.
Mile 4...8:08. Only because there was a downhill and that still shucks.
Mile 5...8:37. Is my watch broken? Why do I feel like I'm running backwards?
Mile 6...9:03. OK I'm done. Screw the Blessing of the Fleet race.
Mile 7...9:29. Sauntered through a water station, didn't even bother dropping my cup because I was well out of the dropped cup area before I felt like running again.
Mile 8...8:43. Up a hill that I didn't recall seeing on the course profile, but I passed a couple people for the first time all day. I did hear Greg cheering for me but didn't look for him because I was on the verge of tears. I just wanted to be done.
No idea why I had such a bad day. I thought I felt good. My hip didn't hurt (it does now) and my legs didn't hurt, but I just felt SLOW and couldn't do a thing about it. I was pretty irritated. My negative self-talk probably doesn't help me when things start going bad- must work on that. I wasn't going to post my splits, but it is a learning experience and everyone has a bad race every now and then. I haven't run in that hot of weather in a race before, but it really wasn't that bad so I dont even want to use that as an excuse. It was a good workout, experience, and time with some good people. It is what it is. The area is BEAUTIFUL and Greg and the boys found a nice place in the stream to take a quick dip. That was really nice. Then we headed up for the postrace festivities. Basically, for my $33 registration I got a "sandwich" and a bowl of ice cream.
I've had some time to settle down, have stopped being so cross to myself, and think I still want to run Blessing of the Fleet on Friday. Not sure what to do in the meantime. Right now I'm going to have another cider....it's a process...it's hard to love sometimes....
Below me and Greg with his mustache (his running team all had them for the race)