I set the bar pretty low going into the race. Anything faster than 7:30 pace was fine with me! I wore a watch but didn't use it during the race - I really didn't want to know how slow or fast I was running - basing pace solely off effort was the goal.
And the effort was hard. After Lakefront Marathon, my running has looked like this:
Week after the marathon: No running or cross training
Week 2: 10 miles total - all slow
Week 3: 14 miles total (not including the race) - all slow
So ... I'm not exactly in racing shape ;)
Despite how hard the miles felt, I didn't do too bad! I ran better than I expected so that is always a plus. The main thing that got me through the miles was focusing on whoever was directly in front of me and working on passing him or her. This was especially helpful during the last mile when I was ready to throw in the towel. I knew I had to keep going because there was a woman directly behind me - who was probably using me as her target - and another woman in front of me that I wanted to catch. I slowly worked my way up until we got to the mile 3 marker then took off! No matter how tough a race is, I always look forward to sprinting toward the finish line at the end.
This race totally energized me to train a bit more this week and continue building these next few weeks. I'm looking forward to my next few races to see what I can do and to hopefully see some improvement as I get back in shape!
Post race with Mom
My questions for you:
- What has your running looked like these past few weeks?
- How soon do you start to do workouts again after a major race?
- Any fun plans for Halloween?
My workplace is having a costume day on Friday and I'm debating dressing up as ... a runner ;) Is that too cliche?