Thursday, September 22, 2011

Feeling Guilty, But Resting Up

I skipped my last run before Saturday's Apple Fest 5K. It was supposed to be an easy five miles at 9:40 pace and I didn't run it. So now I'm going to have a full four days rest before the race. Too much?

I am feeling a little guilty for skipping it. But I'm trying to catch up on sleep that has been lacking due to switching Finn over to his toddler bed and getting up several times a night to put him back in it. Also, both pairs of Zensah calf sleeves were in the wash and drying after my speedy track workout on Monday so I couldn't wear them for nearly 48 hours. And my legs were missing them desperately. I had been wearing them 24/7 since I got them. Oh, and yesterday I was watching the boys and my 4-year-old nephew and 2-year old niece. I couldn't imagine getting up at 5:30 to run and have the energy to play with them all day. I do feel energized and awake after I run, but I usually need a nap by 3 o'clock. Man, I'm full of excuses, but they are valid right?

So here's hoping for a fast 5K and maybe a PR? To get it, I need to run sub-7:50 pace, but I'm not sure of the terrain and don't know if there are any hills. I got my current 5K PR on a flat course and it was cool with light rain. But that was back in June and I've really upped my training intensity since then. I almost PR'd in my last 5K nearly two months ago and that was in the sweltering heat and humidity. It's calling for chance of showers and 60-degree temps on Saturday. So it's possible!

What are your thoughts on pre-race rest? How much time do you give yourself?

1 comment:

  1. It all depends on the race--the distance, the importance to me, etc. In your case, if you can--sneak out for one more short run today or tomorrow and throw in a few pick-ups. Shake out runs are the best!


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