What I learned? You can’t control everything on race day. I had two athletes running today in Columbus and Detroit. How I only wished that they had better race day conditions so that they could really see all of their hard work come to fruition. These races could be especially trying because the pace that should feel comfortably hard feels out of reach. It’s really important to re-evaluate goals before starting races like this so you can adjust your paces and expectations. Going in a little conservative will help prevent you from crashing and burning mid race. So a huge congrats to everyone that raced this weekend in tough conditions!
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Planned: Rest Day » Actual: 45 minutes cycling & Nike+ Quick HIT Abs
Mondays are usually a rest day for me so I can recover from the weekend. My legs felt really good today. I felt so much better (finally, right?) and I got out of work on time. It was the perfect trifecta so I decided to take advantage and sneak in an extra workout.
Planned: Track Workout » Actual: Rest Day
Three days in a row means I rest today. This was good because I had coaching duties for our local track Tuesday. They were doing 200m hill repeats and kicking butt even with the humidity.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: 25 minute Tempo Run
I decided to go to the gym to tackle my tempo run on the treadmill. I wanted to be able to set the pace and then focus on my form and breathing. I could not have asked for a better run! This was just the confidence boost that I needed.
Planned: Tempo Work » Actual: 3 Race Pace Miles
I planned to go out for 3 easy miles today but ran into a friend at the park. The easy miles accidentally turned in to race pace miles. It felt pretty good while I was out there but my calves were so tight after! Nothing a good rolling session can’t cure
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: Rest Day
A nice rest day to break up my runs. I’m spending the night prepping a new training plan for a client and working on a couple new blog posts. I also found out that I was selected as a race ambassador for the Glass City Marathon. Eeks! I’m so excited. Will I see any familiar faces out there?
Planned: Long Run » Actual: 8 miles
This morning hubs and I met up with Crystal for a run. We’re tapering and she is building up for the EQT. It just so happened that we had the same mileage and pace assigned for today. This run was perfect! I felt great at the end and easily could have kept on going. It’s always much more fun to run with people and chat. It makes the miles pass much quicker.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: Lemieux 6.6 Race
This morning we went to pace the Lemieux race. So.Many.People. It was a great time and we ran in to so many friends while we were there. They had a little Stanley cup out for pictures which was really fun. The course is a very unique distance (just a little over 4 miles) and we are always greeted at the finish line by none other than Mario Lemieux. He stands out there to high five everyone coming in which is really sweet.
My legs felt pretty good today! Just one week left until my goal half marathon. I think that the weather is expected to still be warm next weekend. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the forecast is favorable.
Meal Prep Inspirations
Breakfast: Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
Lunch: Spicy Peanut Tempeh Bowls
Dinner: Ahh, fall recipes how I love you. I spotted Brussel sprouts in the stores already which makes me really happy! Chicken skillet with sweet potatoes, apples and Brussel sprouts