Last week took a blow to my ego; after running my dream race over the course of 13.1 miles and coveting a PR, I came back to mile-high altitude and shocked the system. We had been at sea-level for 6 days, apparently just long enough for the extra red blood cells I had acquired over the past 8 months to decide their work was done. Adios!
That is not fair, altitude.
A tempo run was “successful” in pace, but the effort needed was a clear indicator that the 5280 adjustment doesn’t come easily. Realizing that my 7:30 miles weren’t coming back as quickly, and perhaps my legs were a little tired from their effort, I succumbed to the needed “recovery/readjustment” week.
I rounded out the week with a Long Run – 8 to 10 miles, we’ll see – and while my average pace was slightly back to “normal”, I still felt like I was sucking wind. Where’s my Oxygen?! I cut it off in the middle (9 miles), satisfied.
You win again, Denver. But I’m onto you!
This week should be another race-preparation effort.
My schedule is changing; I’m no longer on my feet all day at work (back to the desk-life!), and I had my first post-9-5 day run last night. It was 50* and a reminder that Spring is amazing; I held my easy pace back where I want it to be, and it felt so good.
The rest of the week looks to be filled with yoga, run buddies, Wash Park, and the lulu-group – easy effort, chatting & enjoyable miles. This is my version of “taper” and relax!
Who knows what will happen on Sunday – other than a guaranteed fun-run with my Sister, Mom and boys there to cheer us on, and another Finish Line!
What’s on your sweat list this week?