Saturday, July 26, 2014
Out of Race Shape
Typically regular racing also substituted for speed training. Since during a race I would be pushing the pace shooting for negative splits, etc. Well I definitely felt the 3 month racing hiatus. This is not even a very hilly course but I definitely found myself dragging around mile 2. Of course it was also pouring down rain and the course was slick and my shoes were soaked as well as the rest of me. After mile 2 I found my rhythm and a second wind and was able to finish strong and feel pretty good afterwards.
I ended up with an average 9 min/mile pace a little slower than my race pace. I finished 6 in my AG. Although after April I moved up into the next age group and those ladies are really fast so I suspect I will be finishing further back in the AG pack. That is fine. I am really only racing against myself. It is just that last Saturday I was definitely kicking my own ass. Oh well guess that means I should do more actual speed training or just let it go. We have a couple of races coming up, not the least of which is the Diva Half, 5 weeks from today! I better start doing more long runs, especially in the heat!
Today I am grateful to be back home after spending most of July on the road. Also happy to be back to the gym, regular running, and healthy eating.
How do you stay in race shape? Is it a contest against the clock, other runners, or your inner self?