It's been building for awhile now. I thought I would get some relief at Run Into the New Year but the weather didn't cooperate and I decided not to race. Initially I felt a little bad about skipping out because of the weather but Coach Matt said it was a great call to pass on this one. And if Coach Matt says it was a good decision, I'm okay with it.
But that means I haven't raced since Thanksgiving! For a girl that thrives on competition, this feels like an eternity. Fortunately, I have a race in less than two weeks - the Fleet Feet Sports Marathon Relay. This race is held at the Pettit National Ice Center indoor track and I'll be racing with a few fellow Oiselle teammates, Kim, Kristine and Sheila.
Last year's relay team - we took 2nd Female Team!
While this race is definitely more about team camaraderie and having fun, I still intend on getting in some fast laps. I can tell I've lost some speed over the last few months but an all-out effort, no matter what the actual pace, will help satisfy my need to race!
Anyhow, things on the training front are going decently. I ended up taking a mini-step back between Christmas and New Year's with a few skipped runs but am now back where I was and hope to build from here during the remainder of winter.
This week's plan includes:
Monday: 5 mile run w/strides + Y-Kettle Bell Intervals + Strength Training
Tuesday: 8 mile workout + Core Work
Wednesday: 4 mile recovery run + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 6 mile run w/strides + Y-Blitz + Y-Kettle Bell Intervals
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 11 mile run w/60 second surges
Sunday: 5 mile recovery run
Total: 39 miles
My questions for you:
- It's been wicked cold in WI lately - how do you stay motivated to run during periods of bad weather?
- What weather conditions keep you from racing? Or, will you race through anything?
- Have you ever participated in a relay race? If so, what was your experience?
- What are you most looking forward to this week?
I'm looking forward to trying this recipe for Coconut Chicken Chili - and making a few tweaks to lighten it up!