I must admit that the last few weeks have been a bit of a running blur. I’ve been doing my best trying to balance racing and recovery all the while continue training for NYC which is now less than 4 weeks away! My recent half marathon and 5K were incredible experiences and I guess I’ve just been floating along on a runner’s high. I’ve cut my mileage a little the past few weeks trying to taper for them. I know many people like to keep up their mileage when they are not racing in their “peak” race but that is not me. I love going into every race feeling fresh and fast which means cutting back on the miles a few days up until the race. Hopefully NYC will not suffer too much from my racing addiction! October always seems to be my racing month of the year. Is it like that for anyone else?
This weekend is the only weekend before NYC that I do not have a race so I have scheduled my last 20+ long run. This week it is all about getting in miles and not getting injured!
After this past Saturday’s race I felt surprisingly good. That is one nice thing about 5K’s. I love the quick recovery! Anyway, since I hadn’t run long in several days (because of the 5K taper) I woke up early Sunday to go on a long run before church. It felt great. 15 easy miles done before church at a 7:45 pace.
|Wearing my winter running gear for the first time since March. Temps were in low 40’s and it was wonderful!|
As the day went on I felt my legs getting heavier. Everything was starting to feel sore. It could have been the 5K or combination of the 15 miler (which had quite a few hilly sections). Whatever the case, I decided to take a complete rest day on Monday (even though I had just rested Friday).
This morning was an easy 10 miler. Half was done in the dark which was not so much fun but the second half was pure heaven! The sky was gorgeous and it was one of those runs when you just feel glad to be alive and enjoying God’s creation. How many people get to experience a sunrise on a cool fall morning as they run along a trail?
|This was right at the halfway point when I stopped for water. Love the pink sky.|
|This was towards the end of my run- just 1.5 miles to go. I run this trail almost every day.|
During the run I really wasn’t paying attention to my time- which is not like me. Normally, I am all over my current pace and average! But today it was so dark during the first half of the run I couldn’t see my watch so I decided not to even think about it. I just went with how I felt. When I got home I looked at my splits. It turns out it was a perfect easy progression run and I had no idea!
10 mile splits: 7:58, 7:54, 7:47, 7:45, 7:34, 7:33, 7:31, 7:28, 7:15, 7:13
It would have been hard for me to plan it that way even if I wanted to! It was all God! 🙂 I love runs like this. Training alone this time around has had its share of challenges but it’s made me stronger in some ways. Today I really enjoyed a quiet run by myself watching the sunrise. It was the perfect start to my day and my peak running week!
How do you balance racing and resting during training?
Have you seen the sunrise lately?