"When you come back to work from 2 days + a weekend off, your Zen will be destroyed in the first 5 minutes."
That's a maxim at my workplace apparently.
RR maxim: if you do work and put in the training, it will show in your racing (see below)
Workout: will be 3-4 easy miles after work today.
Food and beverage: apple craisin chicken salad sandwich from the cafeteria downstairs. It was surprisingly good! Green tea to drink.
Weekend highlights: RTB was awesome!
I ran the best I have ever run there. My coach instructed me to run my first leg at tempo pace, my second (longest) leg at MP, and then start off my third leg slowly and work up to tempo pace and just hang on. I was runner 2 and my first run started around 11 am. I tried to start off slow but it's kinda hard when you have Victor barreling down a mountain at you.
I was able to settle into a decent pace pretty quickly though. I ended up passing 3 people walking in the first half mile of the leg.
One was an ultra runner and I gave her a pass since she had just run up and down a ski slope, but the other two I was just confused by. It was hot, but it was literally the very beginning of the race! Anyhow, I got into a good pace and just clicked off the miles, grabbing 16 roadkill and being passed by no one. 4.32 relatively flat miles in 37:57 for an 8:48 average pace, right on target. My second leg was around 8:15pm. The course was rolling hills with a few bigger hills thrown in. I tried going marathon pace, but I felt really good, so I kept it comfortably hard the whole way. I struggled up one of the steeper hills, almost hyperventilating, so I backed off until I could breathe again. I didn't hammer the downhills too hard since I still had another leg to run, but I still knew I was way ahead of pace. That was evident when I got to the transition area, calling out for our next runner (Jason) and he wasn't ready to take off yet! He was at the very end of the line of runners waiting to run. His watch hadn't even connected to the satellite yet since he wasn't expecting me for at least another 5 minutes.
6.89 miles in 1:00:59 for 8:51 pace, which is my tempo pace.
I passed 8 runners and got passed by 3, but I passed one of those back so I guess that makes it even? My third leg was around 8 the next morning. I actually felt really good aside from the sleep deprivation. I was supposed to ease into my pace but my first mile or so was downhill so I just ran what felt comfortable. I knew I had a mile long climb to finish out the leg, so I stayed steady on the uphills and hammered the downhills. I hit the final hill and knew I'd be giving some time back, but I also knew it was the end of my race so I did my best to power up the hill and then kicked it in on the relative flat to the transition area. I passed 15 and got passed by 3. 4.92 miles in 42:29 for 8:38 pace, my fastest of the race.
I am super pleased with my race. I only had 2 miles over 9 minutes (9:04 and 9:08) and the last long hill was at 9:21 pace, which is still my MP so I'm happy with that. I even had one sub-8 mile on a downhill in my third leg. This race has me extremely confident going into Chicago in 3 weeks.
And of course the weekend was a great time with some amazing people.
Bonus: I didn't realize the Emmy's were on last night until I looked at Facebook this morning.
So no thoughts or comments from me.