I was surprised at the toll our group run took on my body. It was such a beautiful long slow distance run through streets and trails in Simi Valley, CA. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day for our first 9.5-miler together. There were a few pretty steep hills but at the pace we were running, I did not think twice about altering my personal training schedule last week to account for the extra hill work. In true Vera-style, I still kept double-workout Tuesday on the schedule, but because I was starting my taper period, I decided to do a Box-Fit routine on Kinect (Biggest Loser Challenge) in the evening after completing a slightly faster than planned 4-miler earlier that morning. I probably should have stuck with Yoga as planned because I was sore for 2 days afterwards. I was completely exhausted by the time we went to bed.
To continue this state of brilliance I was in, rather than run after work on Wed, I decided to run first thing in the morning. It was the first time I ran spontaneously. I mean, I intended to run that day, but got the itch to do it suddenly and since it was a short 30-minute, I had the time before work to get it done. My rationalization included thoughts of the 4-miler on the schedule for Thursday and the possible benefit of more rest in between workouts. If I ran first thing Wed morning, I'd be training on exhausted legs (possibly helpful for the final couple of miles in the race or a huge mistake). If I waited until after work on Thursday to run again, I'd be giving myself 36 hours of rest. By Friday, I was tired and freaking HUNGRY!!! I seriously could not shovel enough food in my face. Now of course, here come the body image issues. I scaled back on my mileage and now I'm eating more. Then I decided to torture myself further by getting on the scale. Up 2.5 pounds. Crap. Hopefully it's primarily extra intramuscular glycogen and water - my quads were definitely swollen last week so I know they were in repair mode.
So here we are 4.5 days away from Surf City - just 3 short runs left before the big day. I'm glad I decided to run this morning. It cleared my head and brought me back to a good spot. Right where I want to be going into this race. Let's do this!