Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Time to ownChi

3 hard workouts in 5 days have wiped me out.

Friday was a Shamrock Shuffle 8k prep day.
Sunday hosted a fairly aggressive progressive run.
And then there was yesterday's workout.

12 miles total

30 minute warm-up
10 minute tempo @ current HMP (6:40)
4x400's @ goal 8k pace (1:33-1:36)
1:33, 1:34, 1:31, 1:32
10 minute tempo @ goal HMP (6:30)
Didn't quite hit this pace

The unusually warm spring temps here in Chicago have really thrown me for a loop. I'm a late morning runner which usually isn't a problem for me. But lately when I've been heading out for my runs the temps have been lingering somewhere around the mid-to-high 70's on the lakefront path that has not a drop of shade. This should have been an easy workout for me hosting just the right amount of hard miles to keep the legs fresh for Sunday and boost my confidence.

Instead fighting through the heat and the lagging lactate in my legs from the last 5 days of work made this quite a challenge. Just realized now that last Friday ended a 10 day running streak for me that hosted 106 miles. So yes, some lingering tightness is to be expected.

Instead of boo-hooing over how crappy my legs feel today or the fact that my achilles is tighter then it has ever been before, I'm feeling refreshed and faithful. 

Running will never give you back more then you put in.

As for me, I've put in the physical work. Lots of it. In the last few days pre-race it's time to focus on the mental work. Time to put those beautiful mantras I've been working on into play and to #MakeItCount every step of the way.

I'm ready to #ownCHI


  1. You HAVE put in the work! Wow. I hope you rock this race!

  2. So speedy!! 106 miles? I wasn't too far off with my 197 miles average comment!! Hahaha!! Rest those legs of yours, Britt! IT'S GO TIME!!!!

  3. You will do great!!Also, how do you just copy and paste your Garmin chart? I can't just get my chart to copy....any suggestions?

  4. I do a screen shot, which on my Mac is command shift 4. On my pc it doesn't upload properly. Definately not a pro at all things computer and I'm sure here is a way to get the graph to load properly, I just haven't yet figured that out.

  5. Good luck at the Shamrock Shuffle this weekend - you are going go do AWESOME!

    And these warm temps really are a killer when we're not used to them, yes? WOW. Just WOW.

  6. Looks lie you have money in the bank, Britt. Your race is going to go GREAT with a little easy running/rest. Looking forward to it!

  7. What a great week!! You have amazing energy and strength! Keep it up!

  8. Hey - I'm from Chicago too and the weather has been so great! I'm going for a 4.5 mile run tonight and simply can't wait.

    Going for my first marathon this year.... you're an inspiration for sure.

  9. Wow, seeing those paces, even though you didn't hit them - you are an inspiration! And that 10 day streak is amazing!

    I hope this soreness goes away soon! You are going to kick butt on Sunday!

  10. The hay is in the barn... Shut the doors! ;)

    I'm so excited for you! Have fun on Sunday and enjoy every second :)

  11. Britt, you are SO fast!! And the miles you log-- AMAAAZING!

    You're gonna rock the shamROCK shuffle! You put in the work and I'm sure it's gonna show.

    Rest those achilles and go and get 'em!!

  12. How do you work with sore achilles? I injured mine about 4 months ago and it is still not healed. I'm looking for suggestions anywhere I can find them!!

    1. My achilles isn't really sore, it just has a rather tight knot in it. As long as I am keeping the pace easy, and I mean very easy, it seems to be improving. I've been foam rolling the area at least 5 times a day and have been sleeping in compression socks all week. Keeping the footing soft and on stable surfaces also seems to be working for me. But I'm not a doctor and instead just try things until I find what works for me.

  13. I am just in awe of your speedy miles....both the speed and the quantity are incredible.

    You are just going to nail this 8k, I cannot wait to hear about it.

    And your facebook photo today was amazing, you are like one giant muscle with some veins popping out! Holy fit girl!

  14. nice nice nice! I am so excited to see what you pull off this weekend girl! you are gonna do great! must feel great to be back in such great shape!
    sure miss you! sorry I am so MiA lately!:/