Even though this is a race week (Oak Barrel Half Marathon on Saturday) I’m not treating this like a goal race though I do plan to back off slightly on the total mileage. On Saturday John told me to shoot for 25 miles total Monday to Wednesday, with a goal of hitting the mid 40s for the week. Thursday will be a day-trip to NYC for work, so no running. On Friday I hope to get in a two to three mile shakeout run before raceday on Saturday.
I decided to breakup my 25 miles into an 8-mile recovery run today, a 10-mile moderate run tomorrow, and a 7-mile “barefoot” Hattori run on Wednesday. This morning’s run was a solo effort through Edwin Warner Park and the Harpeth River Greenway. My goal was to average around 8:30 pace and just keep everything nice and relaxed.
My muscles felt pretty stiff for the first couple of miles, but things started to loosen up nicely after that. The big problem this morning was the humidity. The temps were near 70 degrees at 6:30am, but the humidity made it feel much worse. Overall though I felt descent after a hard week last week, especially the final 6-miles. I finished with an average of 8:30 on the button, so I’ll take it.
For tomorrow’s 10-miler, I’m hoping to get in an easy 2-mile warmup followed by 6-miles at 7:45 pace (John told me to try to get in 6-miles at moderate pace) and a 2-mile cool down.