Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Tempo Tuesday was replaced with a tune up workout.
Tonight I ran one loop of the course for this weekend's race at slightly faster then race pace. I wore my spikes to get a feel for the footing and to simulate race day conditions. After my loop I ran a few strides.
My warm up went well although I was not into running a long warm up. I think this was because I was very excited to slip into my spikes and run fast. I did all my drills and strides as fast as I could then strapped on my Saucony spikes. A few more strides and I was ready to go. My goal was to go hard. I ran as fast as I could, within reason.
I felt good today. I have some fatigue in my legs from my weekend training although they feel really good. The foot issues I have been having are resolving, even with me wearing spikes which offer little to no support. My run today was a little weird for a few reasons. First, the course is tough. It is a typical cross country course that does not enable one to obtain any rhythm. As I am a rhythm runner this is a distinct disadvantage. The course also has many different types of footing from mud to asphalt, grass to rocky trails. This makes choosing a pin size difficult as I was losing footing on the grass/mud sections but skidded across the asphalt. I think I will go with 12's and hope I do not fall on the hard stuff. Second, my mind wandered. I have no idea where it went when I was running but once I got to the top of the first hill it was gone until I came over the last hill and tried to drive to the finish line. This is good in that I was running fast while not really trying. It will be bad on Saturday if I begin to day dream and lose touch with the group I am running with.
After finishing my hard effort and my drills and strides I ran home, had a snack, then ran to the pool to run the sign in desk for EBSC. I did not swim tonight as I am tapering. On my run home from the pool I remembered that I got a new 4 litre milk and I have Nesquick. I had a very good chocolate milk.
To be filed under good news. I got my appetite back! I was eating some cottage cheese today after my run and I was thinking that it was tasting really good. Then I had some toast that nearly blew my mind. It was delicious! Tonight I had roast root vegetables for dinner and I nearly ate the whole pan. If I had not set some aside for my work lunch I would have eaten way too much. I finished off my meal with a plate of apple crisp, yummy. I am so relieved to want to eat again. I was getting worried as random people have been commenting on me losing weight. Although I do not want to gain a bunch of weight before racing this weekend, it feels nice to be hungry.
I am getting really excited to race this weekend. I am nervous which is a good thing. I am also excited that one of my friends is racing too. I have never seen her race before so this will be a treat. I have thought about strategy for the race and I think I am going to race as if this is Nationals. I am going to go out as hard as I can and hold on for dear life. It may be ugly but it is how one has to race at a National level. If I want to take the next step I need to start taking some risks. I am running fast right now, it is time to race fast.
I have had a rough fall so far with some tough decisions and a few changes of direction. I feel like I am starting to get part way up the hill. I still have a few tough strides to make, my lungs are burning and I am tired, but I can see the top and people are cheering me on. I may have some very interesting opportunities just over the crest of the hill. I will keep you posted!
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