This week I promised myself two things:
1. I would not go to speed work. (accomplished)
2. I would not run any runs faster than an 8:00 mile pace. (fail - ran a 6 mile run at 7:55 average today. If it counts, it was only a 5 second fail, which is better than a 10 second fail)
After running 19 miles on Sunday, and logging 52 miles for the week, my legs needed a break. Some people would say, "52 miles....that's nothing. I run 70+ miles per week." However, I am not one of those people. My legs run best when I run between 35-45 miles per week. I am not a "more miles = better race times" runner. So the fact that I ran 52 miles is an accomplishment to me. This week is another high mileage week for me, and then I get to taper for one week.
My taper week comes at a great time, too. On Friday, I am flying to Los Angeles for five days. I am excited...for their weather. They are having weather in the 60s, and I cannot wait. The Chicago area has been experiencing summer-like temperatures in the upper 80s for the past week. It has been so warm that they turned on the water fountains on the path I typically run...a few months early. Last spring was cold, wet, and dreary, so I guess the weather would like to make up for that this year.
After coming back from LA, I will continue to taper because I am running a half marathon that Sunday (April 1). My best friend, T, is also running it. I'm hoping that there are PRs in our future.
In LA, I hope to complete a 20 mile training run. This will be a new experience, running somewhere totally foreign to me for so many miles. I think it will be a good challenge. After this 20-miler, only one more before the race.
Are you traveling this spring to warmer or cooler places? When we booked our flight to LA in January, I was thinking about how wonderful it was going to be to experience warm weather in March. Now, I am looking forward to the cooler LA weather. I am worried...what will it be like in June and July?