Good morning! I'm going to start today's post with a few random thoughts about this upcoming weekend's Chi Town Half Marathon.
My plan has been to use this race as a quality workout - not an A goal race. This means a nice steady pace and aiming to finish in the 1:48-1:50 range.
Part of me thinks I could actually race this one and aim for a new PR. I believe I have enough fitness and since I didn't race last weekend, I'm mentally prepared for a race that hurts.
But . . . my recent hamstring issues have put a bit of a damper on things. I'm not sure how long I can run at a faster pace before things shut down.
So, that's where I am right now. I know the smart thing to do is to run conservatively so I can finish without risking injury and keep training for the Wisconsin Half Marathon in May (my A goal race). But . . . I also believe that the only way to get to the next level is to take a risk every now and then. On the other hand, I know firsthand that there is a difference between fearless and foolish. I will do anything to avoid another DNF race experience!
I'll wait to make any final decisions until I get a few workouts in this week. I want to see how my legs feel after taking an unplanned extended break over the weekend. I'm hoping they feel fresh and ready to crank out some fast miles!
My runs will be short and easy pace this week with small bursts of race pace running. A typical workout will be 4 miles @easy pace with the last quarter of every mile run at half marathon race pace + 30-45 minutes light strength training. Post workout, I'll foam roll, stretch and ice as necessary.
As for diet, one of my current favorite workout recovery meals is a salad topped with a veggie burger.
I like to start with a bed of spinach and then add diced beets (cooked of course), a chopped veggie burger and a scoop of cottage cheese. I then sprinkle either Penzey's Sunny Spain or Sunny Paris seasoning on top. It's simple and only takes a few minutes to prepare!
Chat Time: Do you ever change your mind at the last minute about your goals for a race? What is your favorite post-workout meal? Also, anyone have a good veggie burger recipe?
Let's get this week started!