Weekend weather forecasts for Eugene call for a chance of snow (28-34 F lows).... That doesn't happen often in Duck-ville, but last year there was snow twice: Thanksgiving weekend, and then again in April, (I think). I don't mind snow, but I would prefer not to race on it! We are not equipped for winter weather around here, and drivers, as well as runners, are likely to act a little crazy.
I came down with a teensy little cold this week. This is deja-vu!!. I was sick the same week, same race (Run to Stay Warm) last year. I had a lot of fun though, meeting up with a few OR bloggers (Kim, Laurie, and Fruit Fly) and walking away with a 6 minute PR that day.
|Laurie, Kim and I on the course|
I know I can't expect an automatic PR anymore. As as I gain experience, I see that any PR I can earn will be significant and require good training, study of the course, great race plan execution and everything else to "fall in place" on race day (i.e. God's intervention and blessing for it). You could say that I am completely unsure of what to expect this year- but hoping for the best.
Rundown since last training post:
11/8 Fartlek 8.6 mi 1:06:13 7:45
11/9 Easy 5.8 mi 49:58 8:37
11/11 Easy 10.7 mi 1:30:12 8:27
11/12 Easy 8.0 mi 1:06:02 8:16
11/13 Weights (Again..only one time this week- Pathetic!)
11/13 Threshold 11.0 mi 1:24:11 7:39 (wu, 3x10 minutes @ T pace, 3 minutes E pace between)
This actually went really well. I drove to do threshold running on a flat area. It was daylight and I was able to hit the paces. Perhaps a bit of a long workout for a week out, but it felt great!
11/14 Easy 5.5 - G battery low, 8:21 pace
11/15 Rest day
Plan for the week:
- Sleep in at every opportunity. This is not hard because my kids have been sleeping in and I am a stay-home mom. School is starting late this week.
- Drink lots and lots of fluids. I made a killer vegetable beef soup from prime rib leftovers. Yum!
- Get in a few miles here and there, probably take Saturday completely off.
- Go in for a pre-race massage with Carol at Massage Central (She has promised to go easy on me!)
- Spend the night at Hotel Mom and Pop before my race.
- I am grateful that we were able to pay our property taxes. Having a place to call our own is a gift I hope to never take for granted. I often find myself grumbling about circumstances, but really, we have been blessed just to have shelter and clean water. So many are without.
- I am grateful for my husband who A) has a strong desire to provide for all of us, and, B) has been faced with some very difficult decisions recently. I am so glad that he has been seeking God's guidance in his decision making- and setting an example for the rest of my family. Though I sometimes try to take charge in our home, I am very fortunate not to have the responsibilities he has on myself.
- I am grateful for home school. This has NOT been as easy as I had hoped, but I am seeing my son grow as a reader before my eyes.
- I am thankful for friends and family who have reached out to me and cared for me in unexpected ways that I really needed.
- I am thankful for a taper and a good excuse to REST UP, even if this race ends up being a training run. :)
I finally merged my two Athlinks accounts into one. This is nice! The new merge shows all my races except a few that had results that were never published online. Lots of Personal Worsts and pregnant races. SWEET. Do you ever use Athlinks?