Just a little check in.
It has been an interesting few weeks. Here’s why:
Race – Taper – Race – Taper – Race…Relay.
WOOooooey. In the past, I have always trained with a race as the culminating event. And as you ponder and think, yes, that’s usually how it goes – for most. When I started back with running (and blogging), the ONLY event I had on my agenda was Ragnar Relay April 23-25. There weren’t any talks of 10ks,12ks, Half Marathons…etc. I gave myself an ample amount of time to get back into the swing of things, which in retrospect went MUCH better than I (or anyone really) anticipated. So throwing in multiple races helped in my training 🙂 But it’s also caused a change in the training I am used too. It has been interesting to increase the intensity of training with these races, but I have really enjoyed these multiple taper periods after I made it to 40+ miles/week in March.
Taper has coincidently occurred 😉 during my spring break. I took yesterday off and today was a 5 miler. I pick up my race packet tomorrow for Santa Cruz Half and am really excited for another expo! As I mentioned last friday, there is only one set goal for this race and it is to HAVE A FREAKIN’ FUN TIME. I took to this theme during my training the past week as I put down the watch for a few runs, didn’t look at the pace for some others, or set more reasonable pace goals for longer distances. I know this race is a little different as it has a trail for some of it and narrow spaces for others. I will be sure to report on how that goes!
I’ve spent the last couple days in the sun, going to San Francisco, reading, etc… I will be sure to catch up on your blogs soon!
I enjoyed reading your comments about what you use during your runs. I, initially was freaked out by GU, Shotblocks, anything gooey…but being the sweet tooth that I am, I got used to them pretty fast.
[Confession: All the marathon talk that I’ve seen on facebook, twitter, and your blogs have made me entertain some ideas, which I quickly dismissed until later in the year or next year HA]
As I said, this is a quick update for a post.
How have you been? When’s your next running event or just exercising for fitness?