My weekends are usually pretty well defined when it comes to training. I swim on Fridays, then I run one day on the weekend, spin the other. I can mix up the spin and the run to take advantage of good weather. Last weekend was different though! I was a little surprised to see that Angie changed things up and gave me a long run to do the day after the Nose Creek XC race instead. Ow! My legs would be tired!
I headed to Edworthy around lunch time in the hopes that it might be somewhat warm.
I snapped a pic, started running but realized that the wind was very chilly and very strong! Luckily I had a fleece scarf that I’d left in the car so I was able to cover up my neck a bit more. And with that I was now toasty warm!
My legs were definitely tired from Saturday’s XC race. I figured I would just take it slow and steady and run my 30 min out on the pathway and 30 min back. After my first few miles I realized I was getting faster with each split though. Hmm, could I keep getting faster on each mile split? I also started to wonder if I should run 3 miles out, 3 miles back to make for a nice and even 6 miles. Oh the crazy things we can talk ourselves into when our runs are going well, right?
Sunday’s run was definitely a good exercise in running on tired legs and having the mental strength to keep pushing through. Those are things I will definitely need for Ironman Boulder this year! The last mile was tough as one part of my brain told me I couldn’t do it and the other part just kept repeating “believe…focus…believe…focus.”
How did it go?
Success!! Given how tired my legs were from Saturday’s race I’m really surprised I was able to pull this off. I’m really happy with my execution on this run.
On a side note, since I can’t reach for my usual form of electrolyte replacement on Whole30 I brought unsweetened coconut water to drink instead. I cannot believe how sweet this tastes to me now! Evidently my tastebuds are adapting to not having had any sugar for a bit.
Tell me about a run where you surprised yourself!