I’ve been trying my best to stick with an every other day running schedule but the last couple of weeks have been a bit difficult as life seems to like to get in the way. Two weeks ago I had to postpone my Saturday run to Sunday and last week I had to postpone my Thursday run to Friday. California weather had been very strange this year; no rain, wind, cold temps, hot temps…crazy. Thursday we were supposed to get rain but it never materialized and instead we got winds. Winds don’t normally bother me but I opted to postpone my run one day for hopefully less windy conditions. But this is the California Delta and it’s windy every day, so Friday’s run was windy anyway.
Here’s the break down on Runs:
Tuesday: 3 miles, some wind, awesome pace. It was supposed to be a slow run day; around a 10 minute pace. I just went out comfortable and finished with an average 9:10 pace which is in my new race pace area.
Friday: 2.5 miles, windy. This run was supposed to be at race pace and I finished with an average 9:11 pace. Not bad but I really was hoping for a closer to 9 flat pace. The head wind I had for most of the first mile and a good portion of the 2nd mile was just brutal and I’m sure helped to slow me down. But I put a good amount of effort into it so I’m happy with it.
Saturday: 4 miles, no wind, cool conditions. I actually struggled a lot with this run. I’ve been focusing on building speed and I’ve let my long runs trail off to nothing really. I spent part of last week working on building my training schedule from now until the end of July when I start my half marathon training.
My next race is still a ways away, June 7th. I decided to add a second 5k to my race calendar for June. I want to race monthly but since I missed January and February due to the stress fractures, I’m going to have to add a couple of additional races to make 12 races this year. But I’m still focusing on speed and short distances.