Since May I have been running with my USAFit Albany group most weekends, and sometimes for hill work and track work. This week that came to an end. Most likely it’s the last time Darlene, from My First 5k & More, and I will get together to run at night, too.
- Monday: Dog walk (2), Core Essentials L3a, Rapid Results Pilates Waist Slimmer, Yoga for Pain Relief Flexibility and Flow
- Tuesday: Dog walk, 5 miles (1 mile WU & CD), 3 miles each progressively faster
- Wednesday: Dog walk, Core Essentials L3b, 10 Minute Dance it Off (Cardio, abs, arms), Yoga for Pain Relief Flexibility & Flow
- Thursday: Dog walk (2), 4 miles “easy”
- Friday: Dogwalk (2), Core Essentials L3b, Perfect Pilates Belly & Stretch, Yoga for Pain Relief Knees
- Saturday: Dogwalk, LSD 6 mile run — last USAFit Albany run 😦
- Sunday: Dogwalks (visiting my parentsing my parents), Yoga for Pain Relief Flexibility & Flow
Mileage: 15 (-3.5)
Taper & Return of cold weather
I officially started my taper for my half this week and I only ran three times. I really wanted to hit 16 miles, because that’s what I ran 2 weeks before the half at the start of May and that went well, except I came up a mile short and just did not feel motivated to throw in an extra mile since this week also moved from summer to Fall (almost winter!) in the space of a few days.
All of my runs this week were on the speedier side (for me). My long run wasn’t really fast, but on my own I’m sure it would have been over a 13 mm instead of just under it. I won’t say that last LSD with my running group felt hard, but I have to admit I felt kind of tired.
Does anyone really relax before their goal race? Aren’t there a million and one things to do? I feel that way, at least. Probably because I’m traveling, and that means getting the house ready, the animals ready, myself ready. And I can’t really stop cooking meals just because it’s my taper. Or walking the dogs, either.
It’s certainly a great excuse to work on the blog, though, isn’t it? Until the Vivoactive buzzes and reminds me I’ve been sitting waaaaay too long. Taper doesn’t mean don’t move at all.
I did get to test out my new capris, which I will most likely wear in the race, a bit more. Only for 6 miles but hopefully that’s good enough. Trying to decide how to dress will still be a real guessing game. Summer is definitely over, both on the calendar and in the temperature.
I’m sure Darlene and I will get together again to run occasionally on weekends when our schedules jive And I’m hopeful that I’ll perhaps get together with my buddy Denise from USAFit Albany at some point, too. I know she wants to try and run more this winter and we’re talking about some of the same races which reminds me I really need to go sign up for a race or two.
Do you feel relaxed and fresh or frazzled before your goal race?