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