This weekend in my Dopey Challenge training called for a back to back of 6 and 16 miles. I had just got home from my work trip and was tired from all the travel and excitement (as well as from my week’s workouts). I woke up Saturday and felt exhausted. I decided to just take it real easy and focus on my breathing – taking big full breaths. Well you know what, when I finished I looked at my watch and realized I had run close to 8 minute miles. Felt alright about it.
The rest of the day I tried to stay off my feet and eat right to prepare for my 16 mile Sunday Runday. Sushi for dinner? You bet! I met a few people at White Rock Lake in Dallas the next morning for the run. It was in the 60’s, but 90+% humidity. It was a sweaty sweaty run. Luckily it was overcast because if the sun had been upon us, I don’t think I could’ve afforded to safely lose any more body water!
But I still felt good on the run, and even with chatting along the way, I still ran 8:30 something miles. If this keeps up, I will shatter my marathon PR! I feel like I’m starting to hit my stride as a runner. I keep getting faster with much less effort, which is good. A couple years ago in a 1/2 marathon I ran around 8:15 minute miles and wanted to vomit up puke the whole time! Not any more! Now I can cruise at that pace without suppressing hurl.
Anyway, I’m jealous of all my running friends and blogging friends who keep posting about their recent races. There’s been a ton the past few weeks, but I’m not registered for anything besides the Dopey. I have a training plan and I’m sticking to it no matter what! If a race can fit into my plan, then I’ll try to run it, if it doesn’t, I won’t.
Pretty much everyone around here ran the Allstate 13.1 this past Saturday. I ran it last year and PR’d, but this year it didn’t fit into the sched, so I had to watch from afar. But so I don’t feel left out, here’s a photo of me after finishing the Allstate 13.1 last year…
Anyway, after Sunday’s run I got to enjoy my cheat meal day – amongst the items consumed, the highlight was a mashed potato and chorizo taco. I wish I had a pic, but I was so hungry after running 16 miles, that it was devoured before I could take my smart phone out!
What about you? How’d your weekend workouts go? Have you ever spewed chunks during a race? How’s a mashed ‘tater and spicy sausage taco sound?
You know how my weekend was, so I’ll spare you those details :).
But seriously great runs! It certainly does seem like you’re hitting your stride as a runner (is there a pun there). It definitely is race peak season, but your race will be here before you know it, and you’ll be going crazy through taper, turn into one big carb, and then ooze adrenaline like the rest of us soon enough!