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I was on a roll… until I wasn’t

by Meghann on February 5, 2013

Today’s run was supposed to be a 5 mile tempo run with 3 miles @ 8:05. As soon as I stepped out that door, I knew those 8:05 miles were not going to happen.

I may have been a bit overzealous running my half marathon on Saturday. Though I felt great at the time, my body reminded me afterwards that I was a tad undertrained to knock out 13.1 miles (I maxed out at a distance of 8 miles the week prior). I took Sunday off to rest and felt great during CrossFit yesterday, but as soon as I started running today my legs felt like lead. They laughed when I tried to push them to 8:05, even tripping over a sidewalk ledge at mile 3 to get me to stop (by the way, ouch! that fall stung).

I’ve been on a roll with training lately, hitting all the important milestones to reach my goals, but not all runs can be speedy runs. I still pushed my limits (just as you’re supposed to do in a tempo run) and felt good about today’s effort. I know some running coaches prefer doing speed work on tired legs (since that simulates what mile XX of a run is going to feel like in a race) so, if that’s the case, then today’s run was a success. ;)

There was a chance I was going to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Petersburg Half on Sunday, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. It was a great race last year, but I have a new goal this year and want to stick with my sub-48 10k plan as much as I can. I’m focused and ready to commit to making this PR happen!

After my run I made a plate of fruit (strawberries, mango, and walnuts) and eggs (scrambled with spinach and olives) for breakfast.

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I wouldn’t be surprised if I turn into a strawberry soon. I’m on my way to finishing that 1/2 flat of strawberries all on my own. They’re just so sweet and delicious right now, I can’t help but grab a handful every time I open the fridge. mmmmm…. strawberries.

How are your New Year goals coming along for 2013?

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