Monday: Rest.

Tuesday: 3mi in 28 minutes, 9:28 pace. Easy effort.

Wednesday: 5mi in 49 minutes, 9:52 pace. I was aiming for marathon effort. It must have been a warm day.

Thursday: Rest.

Friday: Rest.

Saturday: 13.1 Chicago. 2:12:25, 10:07 pace. It was hot. I ran at a slightly higher half marathon effort (avg HR was 165) but there is no escaping the heat. But I negative split! How many people can say that on Saturday? (Translation = I am a badass! Sort of. Not really. But I’ll take what I can get. And keep running by heart rate.)

 

Pic on the left is early in the race. Look at how dry my clothes are. Pic on the right is in the second half.  Also if that dude wasn’t in the pic on the right, I would buy it. I love the skyline behind me. 

 

Left: second half. Right: finish. Shirt weighed down with water (and sweat) and almost completely covering my shorts. 

I didn’t include the pic where I’m trying to do the “Kelly pose” with ice in both my bra and my mouth. It wasn’t a good look. 


Sunday: Pool running with BFF Ultra Vera! (Who finally updated her blog, btw.) She was in town over the weekend for Sunday night’s Radiohead concert (which was awesome). On Sunday afternoon, we met up with BFF Scott at the aqua center, where we all used to spend our summers working as lifeguards/swim instructors/concessionaires/front desk staff. Vera taught me how to properly pool run and we spent maybe 30 minutes in the water.

Pool Runners

 

Total miles: 21. My lowest mileage week since early March. I wanted to take it “easy” between the two half marathons, plus last week was technically week one of my Chicago Marathon training and I should have only ran 19 miles. (3/5/3/8)

Total time: 4 hours. Lowest amount of time spent working out since early April. My body deserved a “break.”

 

Thoughts:

I’ve been doing a lot of racing this year. It’s been a lot of fun, but during the race on Saturday (13.1 Chicago) I realized races are so much less fun when you’re not PR’ing (unless you are pacing someone else). Although it was fun seeing/meeting everyone.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my overall running goals. Ultimately, I run to challenge myself. I want to find out what my limits are, and how far I can push them. I want to find out how far I can run, and how fast I can run. I feel like I have not yet hit my peak (at least I hope I haven’t). My training (and performances) have vastly improved, but I feel like I can keep improving. As long as I give myself enough time to train properly, and also recover properly, instead of getting distracted by doing a million races.

So I need to start being more deliberate about my races. I know I’m not a machine. Just look at the vast differences between my times at my two recent half marathons. Yes, it was hot at the second one, but I definitely wasn’t recovered, and my mind certainly wasn’t focused on the second one. It wasn’t a goal race, so I’m not upset by my performance.

I don’t want to do races just to finish (other than new-to-me-distances). I want to race. Even if I’m just racing against my old times.

Moving forward:

  • Space out races so I have enough time to train (properly) for a potential PR between races.
  • Stop signing up for other races that fall during a training plan unless it’ll be used as a supported training run (that means not racing it)
  • Occasionally I’ll do a race for fun if my friends are doing it (and I truly run at an easy pace or at a pace that fits my current training plan)