This morning I knocked out the last run of this short training cycle, 4 easy miles around City Park. Denver is quickly earning my affection with these sunny-but-cool mornings – 55* is perfect for a shorts & tee, with no humidity and an early sunrise. Sure, I’ll take that!
Truth be told, I’ve been feeling tired by the end of almost every run lately. I’m not sure what to attribute that to (the list could be long), but rather than acting on the thought that “I’m in shape for this, I can push it”, I’ve been taking it pretty easy this week. Each run has been goal-pace free, I stretched out at yoga instead of doing a Tempo workout, and I’m taking tomorrow completely off to let the muscles rest up!
I looked back at how I “rested” for the last half (in April); my week had consisted of two strength training workouts (one of which was a Ryders class, two days before the race), one yoga class, one tempo run and two ‘easy’ runs.
Taper? Not so much. Ready to race? Sure! Why not…
I know, we just scream ‘Speedsters!’.
Lauren, come back and have a pre-race photo shoot with me! Clearly it’s the key to success. That, or racing in DC.
I have had a few goals in mind for this race, but more on that tomorrow. All I can say for now is that I’ve put in the 5 weeks of easy, progressive, tempo and long runs (and one case of the mile repeats, which I don’t care to do again soon). I’ve put in this week of tapering, and I’ve spent more than few days sore thanks to those Qi people.
For now, I can only refuel, rest up, and getting ready to run on Saturday!