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?