Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Gettin' dirty

This pretty much sums up how my speed session went today



Mud all the way up to my rump.



Those Brooks Cadence 2's were really cute until I made the ever-SO-wise decision to hit up some freshly thawed limestone trails for an interval session.

Headed out the door on this warm and sunny winter afternoon for a bit of focused speed work. Last month I decided to register for the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8k on April 7th. It's one of my all time favorite Chicagoland races, where this will be my 7th year racing this event. I've had a pretty decent streak with this race where I've always managed to squeak out some type of PR whether I was prepared or not on race day.

While I don't really have any expectations for this race other than to have fun, it would be nice if I could keep the streak going for at least another year. With just under 8 weeks until race day, I've got nothing but time to slowly start getting myself back on the racing bandwagon.

On tap for today was 3 sets of 2x400's & 1x800
Splits:
1:29, 1:30, 3:10
1:27, 1:30, 2:56
1:29, 1:24, 3:04

Still trying to figure out where my fitness levels currently are, which is basically a shot in the dark as of right now. At this point in time I'm still avoiding heavily loaded speedwork and instead focusing my efforts on being patient. Just like it has taken time for my speed and endurance to disappear, it's going to take time to build it back up. Feeling mighty thankful today that my body is as forgiving as it is, really don't deserve the healing compassion that it continues to bestow on me when I time and time again ask more and more. Avoiding setting any unrealistic expectations for myself at this time and instead just taking workouts for what they are, learning lessons and dress rehearsals. 

Maybe I lacked a bit of consistency here today, but my legs felt great. 
Every interval was controlled and I ended the workout feeling like I could have gone through another set of intervals. For me that is more important than splits.

Who else is running the Shamrock Shuffle 8k on April 7th?

19 comments:

  1. Really excited for the Shamrock Shuffle! It's my first Chicago race!

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  2. It's going to be my second Chicago race (I'm running the Chi-Town 10k two weeks earlier). I can't wait!

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    1. been thinking about last minute signing up for that half. lakefront races are always interesting, crowded but a ton of fun. kind of partial to the chicago races, there are a ton to choose from so if you ever need any suggestions on which ones to do or not ask away!

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  3. Awesome splits and a cool pic of your kicks! Good to hear you are not over-training. I have to figure out my balance when I'm a the track, so I can stay out of injuryville.

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  4. I'm running Shamrock! My first time running this one :)

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  5. I totally hear you about being impatient about getting fitness back. I want mine back now, but I'm still slogging along. Oh well. Your legs look almost like mine were today after my trail run except luckily I wasn't quite as covered in watery mud. I am also running the Shamrock Shuffle, which is a sure fire PR for me because I've never run an 8K before. :)

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    1. it's a great distance, hopefully you'll love it as much as i do.

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  6. I just registered for the Shuffle! New course for me, and looking to crush my 8k time from last year.

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  7. I'm doing the Shuffle as well again this year!!

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    1. How many years is this for you? Will this be your 2nd? Hoping the weather is just as sunny and lovely as last year.

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  8. No shamrock shuffles for me, I don't really have any running races on my schedule this spring other than Boston. Maybe I should throw something on the agenda before then so that I can remember what it feels like to race haha.

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  9. So a little off topic here but I have the Pure Cadence from last year and love them! When I went to order a new pair the reviews said that the Pure Cadence 2 were different and not as comfy. Would love to hear your thoughts on yours?

    Wish I could wear my capris, still very cold in northern WI!

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    1. They do fit a bit different. I would recommend trying them on before ordering them online. I never liked the first version of them cadence, the arch never felt like it was in the right place and they jut felt odd on my feet. This version I don't feel that, so you may or may not like them. I like how the update has less overlays and the details are all heated on so thre aren't as many seams and also how the shoe is 1 piece. Hopefully you still like them, if not the flows may be your best bet.

      Its probably a bit too cold here for capris as well, but it was laundry day and I was all out of tights!

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  10. I just signed up for the Shamrock Shuffle yesterday!

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  11. Love the muddy legs! It's the bad thing about it getting warmer - all that darn mud! And the ice that won't seem to melt!

    Yay for another year of Shamrock! :)

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  12. I'll be Shamrock n Rolling again this year! Love the muddy kicks and legs :)

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  13. Love the mud, my shoes never seem to stay new looking long, but I always figure I didn't buy them to look at them. Good luck with the 8k!

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