First off, I need to apologize for being MIA for the past week! Between leaving my job on Tuesday (it went well) and then jetting off to Tahoe for a couple of days with the hubbs, I have had no real free time to sit at the computer!! Leaving last Tuesday was surreal. And awkward. My boss still attempted to keep me, mind you not by offering up any more cash. But more along the lines of, "you'll be sad when I replace you!" Yeah, thanks for that! One good friend/co-worker did cry which sent me into tears but other than that, I was happy to get out of there! Thanks again to all of you for your encouragement and support - it meant the world to me. Now, who needs a new tax accountant?
Running has been going great. Tuesday when I left work, I had a pair of new shoes waiting for me when I got home! Whoo hoo! I have been wearing my two pairs of Asics Gel Nimbus 12's, and they are awesome for long runs, but on my shorter runs and track work outs I have really wanted something lighter. These are pure JOY to run in ;)
They are the Saucony Grid Fastwitch 4 and they.are.awesome. They are a light racing flat but feel so supportive at the same time. They hug my feet and cushion them all while making me feel like I'm flying. When I got home to these I quickly changed and ran out the door! I ran 7 miles in 53 minutes! I swear new shoes make you faster!
Aren't they purdy!? After my run the hubbs and I packed the car and headed to Tahoe. Waking up to the wonderful smell of the Sierra's was just what I needed. I really wanted to get a good run in up there because....in 18 days I have the Lake Tahoe Marathon! This was my very first race ever back in 2007 when I ran the half. This will be my 3rd year tackling the full and I can't wait. It is challenging but I'm hoping I can beat my PR this year on the course of 4:19 which I'm pretty sure I can. I had some big mental break downs last year and was injured. This year I have a new game plan and so far (knock on wood!) I'm injury free. The altitude and the constant changing of MOUNTAINS and downhill make it killer, (along with the altitude!) but this is one of my "A" races each year and I really, really, really, want to PR. My run up there on Wednesday went well - I did just over 8 miles with about an 8:20 avg pace - and I felt pretty decent. The first half of the full is pretty flat, it's the second half that is UP then down, then UP UP UP then down hill for the entire last 10K. I can't wait!
Which brings me to the title of the post: re-evaluating. As I'm sure you have read numerous times here, my goal this year was to BQ again at Long Beach. It's still my goal, but something has shifted. I want to really tackle Tahoe more than I want to BQ. I know that sounds crazy but it's true (and technically I'm already qualified). LB is just three weeks after Tahoe - I'm not sure I can RACE both. I'm gonna give it my all but I'm not going to beat myself up mentally if I reach LB and realize that it just isn't going to happen. I'm even willing to wait and change to the half if I need to. I want to run and race for a long time - I don't want to end up injured or better yet - reach mile 18 of LB and just hate running. So, I've re-evaluated my goals for the year and I can honestly say I'm content. I'm going to give it my all but not beat myself up over anything lost. Healthy, no? Hahaha!
I ended last week with a total of 61.5 miles again. Yes, Marlene - just a half mile short of a 100K week! I actually felt really good all week. My knees are not killing me too bad and my paces have, for the most part, been right where they need to be. This is another heavy week for me before I start a small taper. I am also running the Buffalo Stampede 10 miler in Sacramento on Sunday so I have moved my long run to Wednesday this week to allow enough time to recover and still race. I'm really enjoying this training cycle but I'm ready for October to get here!
Today is my first day of really working from home! So excited to get the ball rolling! And shhhhh! Don't tell my hubbs, but I'm just as excited to be able to schedule my runs around my work schedule and not any crazy boss'! A seriously big perk!!
I'm off to catch up with all of you!!! I hate being away for so long!! Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend!
Happy Tuesday and Happy Running Peeps!