I currently have no motivation to write about anything other than my running and my dissertation, so I guess it’s a good thing that this is a site for the former. I have to say, I think a lot of my lack of motivation comes from still reeling from the results of the presidential election, and I’m still working through how I feel about being a US American in Germany right now, so my Wanderwolf site is going to remain a bit neglected.
But that aside, let’s talk running. This was a great week. Maybe it was returning to my M,T,W,F,S routine, not having a race on Sunday, doing less biking through the city because of awful weather, who knows.
Since I signed up for the 5K on New Year’s Eve, I decided my goal would be to place in the women’s overall, and while I wouldn’t have to PR (based on previous years’ results that need to be taken with a grain of salt), I do have to pick off about a minute from my current “I’m trying” time. So, intervals and tempos are back on the menu. I did 3 x 1600ms on Monday, which were okay, but I held back too much and didn’t get the feeling of satisfaction of giving my best. Still, 6:55 average and only to get better from there. Tuesday was a necessary easy run, cut short by two miles due to lack of time. Wednesday I had 4 miles tempo on the plan, but didn’t feel ready to start after my mile warm-up, and made it a progression run. I did 4 miles in 30 minutes like I wanted to, but I failed to have a steady pace. This lack of steady pace is something that kept me from breaking 3:30 in my last marathon, so I really want to work on that.
I think my favorite run of the week was the long run (aka Chelsea Trot, since I also had my Thanksgiving meal yesterday). It just felt so good and I felt strong. All the knee and feet niggles disappeared within the first miles and I could feel myself carrying well and I felt like I was in control for the whole run, which is something I haven’t felt in a while. 11.1 miles in 1:26 is just the cherry on top.
Today is a rest day to recover and recharge.
So, there you have it. My running exploits of the week.
Hope everyone racing this weekend or throughout the next week as a part of Thanksgiving festivities have great runs. Shout out to Paula and James who are running in Tulsa! May the wind be at your back and the party be miles long.