This was a stressful personal week for me, but still a strong training week. In case you missed it, I got myself a new pair of shoes on Tuesday!
This week I did a total of 23.74 miles. Here’s what my week looked like:
Monday – 3 mile shakeout run
Tuesday – Skipped my run. This is the first I’ve skipped out of choice since I started training and I actually felt good about my decision.
Wednesday – 5 mile speed workout. This felt much tougher than my past few speed workouts, but I’m attributing that to having a stressful week.
Thursday – FINALLY some nice weather! I headed out to the bike trail after work and decided to “run by feel” for 4-6 miles. I ended up doing 6.16 miles at an average pace of 8:19. This is fast for me and at the end I knew I was going fast, but I felt great so I kept it up.
Friday – Rest day. Didn’t feel sore or run down from the previous day’s run, so I think I just needed to get some extra energy out on Thursday!
Saturday – 9.58 miles with my training group followed by a delicious brunch with Courtney! The trail had a ton of black ice on it and we had to run a very steep hill so it was actually kind of a tough run. At brunch I had poached eggs with prosciutto on toasted bread with a side of greens. It was delicious and nice to get some time to chat with Courtney while we weren’t running for a change!
Right now I am feeling really good and ready for race day. My runs have been going well for the most part, my recovery has also been great, and I think I’m doing very well with nutrition. Over the next few weeks I really need to focus on working on some core strength and reincorporating some free weight workouts into my week. I started out strong with that, but completely fell off the path with it when I got sick. I also need to decide what my race goal time will be. Courtney asked me about this today and I still felt unsure of my answer. I had a great run on Thursday with the 8:19 min/mile pace, but I’m not sure if I could maintain that for 7 more miles. Next week is a fall back week and then the training plan starts taking me into higher mileage so that’s when I will really focus on my race goals.
How do you determine your race goals? Are they based on overall time, overall pace, or something else?