All three of my hard workouts were the hardest in different ways.
My Tuesday Tempo Repeats totaled 12 miles. 3 mile warm up. 3 miles @7:00/mile pace. 3 minutes rest. 3 miles @6:50/mile pace. 3 mile cool down. Staying relaxed and hitting goal pace was a challenge for the middle 6 miles especially with the wind.
Race Day. 5ks are always hard. Enough said.
I ran my 20 miler in a fatigued state due to yesterday’s 5k race.
The Tempo Repeats were my best, because I hit my goal paces and felt strong and in control.
I enjoyed the cooler temperatures today. The wind and the rain? Not so much. Anything can happen on race day which is why I rarely let the conditions stop me from running. Today, it wasn’t too bad outside. I left my house at 6:20 in the dark. In the rain. With 15mph winds from the north. And where was I headed? North. My first few miles, I ran carefully. The roads were not well lit, the rain blew in my face, and there were some slick spots. The rain let up around mile 5, and the wind was a challenge on and off up until mile 15. I was able to increase my pace throughout the run, but not as much as I did a few weeks ago. By mile 13, I was pretty fatigued. I finished the Tailwind I had been carrying at mile 15 and made my way home. Fatigued state 20 miler complete!
Crazy…. Cooler earlier in the week. Hot and humid Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Cooler with wind and rain today.
I wore my Mizuno Wave Universe 5 racing flats for my Tempo run, my pre-race run, my race, and my long run. I wore my Nike Free Flyknits for all other runs. Once I found them, I wore my CEP Compression Calf Sleeves.
Hydration and Nutrition
Tailwind is now my go to drink for long runs, races, tempos, and track workouts.
Coming Up This Week
Tempo Run, 200m Repeats, and a 20 Mile Marathon Workout
October 28- Heroes Run Half Marathon (Shreveport, LA)
November- 5k Somewhere?!?
December 3- San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
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