Buffalo Creek Training Week 9
Just like that, it's already race week. I swear, this training cycle went by so quickly, and it's hard for me to believe that I've already completed 9 weeks of training, and on Saturday I'll be racing another half marathon. I have so many conflicting thoughts and goals for the race and honestly don't know what to expect. I'm going to try to get my thoughts together and share them later this week. As for now, let's take a look at how my final week of training went:
We started out with a mile at 8:12, which was much faster than we planned, but it felt surprisingly good. The next 5 were pretty rough, but we kept each mile under our goal- 8:36, 8:33, 8:32, 8:42, 8:39. At this point I was just pouring out sweat and was really dehydrated, but my legs still felt really good and fresh. For the final mile, I just wanted to be done (plus it was getting dark out), so I finished up with an 8:10 mile. As soon as we finished our half mile cool down, it started to pour down rain, so I knew we ran in close to 100% humidity and were still able to hit our goal paces. Definitely a hard workout but made me feel more confident about our goals!
SUP Yoga / 1 hour
I had the day off work for Columbus Day, but had absolutely no desire to go running. I was still feeling annoyed by having a really bad final long run and wanted to give myself a day off to get my head together. I decided the best thing to do would be going out on the lake on my paddle board and just relax. I went to a more secluded area and it was so relaxing. I also ended up taking Selma out for an extra-long walk, so overall it was a great day.
3 miles / 9:21 pace
I got to run in the morning before work (which I haven't been able to do for the past few weeks), so I was really happy about that. Unfortunately, it's been really humid out lately so the run was still a struggle. I keep telling myself that going through all of these humid runs will just make me stronger for race day, or at the very least be able to handle it better if race day conditions aren't perfect.
8.5 miles / 8:41 pace
I met up with Jessie after work for our final hard speed workout of training. This one was called "reality check" and the description said to run 1 mile at race pace (8:30), 5 miles at 20 seconds over race pace (8:50), and end with a mile at race pace (8:30). As soon as we started with our warm-up mile, I felt really warm and my legs felt tired already, so I told myself to just make it through the workout and not care much about pace. Luckily Jessie was feeling the same way, so I knew we would just try to push each other the best we could.
Yoga / 1 hour
I felt surprisingly good after that hard workout, but still wanted to give my legs a day off. I did an amazing full body stretch video, and it was just what I needed.
4 miles / 9:35 pace
Easy run before work, and the weather was perfect!! Humidity seemed to break and I felt fantastic.
8 miles / 10:13 pace
I met up with Maddie and Steffany for this run, and was happy that it was another cool and beautiful morning. I did 5.5 miles with the girls (which just flew by since they both, luckily, also love to talk when they run) and the final 2.5 by myself. I felt really good, so I was able to pick up my pace and hit sub-9:00 miles for the final 3. The highlight of the run was when we stopped and got to play with the cutest little golden puppy named Bailey. I almost grabbed him and sprinted away...too cute!!
Trail Run / 40:00
Jessie and I headed out to Riverview Park for an easy run, and ended up doing 40 minutes going all over the park. I grew up just a mile away from the park and know all of the trails like the back of my hand, so it was great to take someone else there and get off the roads! Neither of our watches were really tracking the miles correctly (mine said we did about 3 miles and hers said we had almost 4, so we split it in the middle and went with 3.5).