I have a confession to make: I’ve missed all of my scheduled runs this week and am doing my best not to feel even slightly guilty about it. It seems that every day in the few free hours between a work and sleep I have had about 5 things I want to get done and only enough time to get to 3-4 of them. A hair cut, last minute vacation shopping, a 2 hour round trip to drop little kitty off at my in laws, more last minute vacation shopping, an urgent doctor’s appointment, a send off party for a moving friend, and staying up too late watching the Olympics each night. Oh, and call me crazy, but I also insisted on making time for dinner every night. Running (and blogging) did not make the cut.
With better time management I probably could have squeezed in at least a few short runs over the last 3 days, but honestly, I leave for vacation later today and it just wasn’t worth completely exhausting myself and stressing myself out. Yes, it is frustrating to know that between a hectic pre-vacation week and my week of actual vacation I’ll be missing almost 2 weeks of running. But at this point, I can’t change it so I’m not going waste time worrying about it (someone please remind me of this in two weeks when I am complaining I am “so out of shape”).
On the other hand, last week was one of my best training weeks ever! I finished the week with just shy of 50 miles which included a killer tempo run, a Garmin-free hilly run, and 15 miles on Sunday–3 of which were part of Donut Dash.
Last week’s speed workout called for 9 miles with 5 at goal half marathon pace (7:37). When I started the run I thought it was going to be a tough one. Only 66 degrees out but 94% humidity. My warm up miles were particularly slow (10:44, 10:17) and I was seriously doubting myself. I could tell I was working hard for the first two tempo miles, but just a few minutes later and I felt like my legs finally woke up. The pace suddenly felt so much easier and I finished the tempo portion feeling strong and confident.
My Sunday long run consisted of 12 solo miles starting at 7am and an additional 3.1 at Donut Dash. I didn’t feel up to racing OR stuffing my face with donuts, so I ran an easy pace for the majority of the race and only bought one donut. I must say it was a really nice change to actually enjoy my donut instead of attempting to speed eat 5 of them.
It was perfect timing to get a little practice with running a race for fun as opposed to a finish time since fun is my number one priority for my upcoming vacation race. I signed up for the shortest distance at Crater Lake Rim Runs, which is a 6.7 mile race. A perfectly random distance that I will likely never race again. All I want to do is soak in the sights of Crater Lake National Park and not suffer too badly running at 6000-8000 feet above sea level.