This week was 57 miles of “real running” and 16 “miles” pool running, no swimming breathing drills -- training log is here.
Kinda a weird week, as I tapered….sort of…for a 10 mile race. Originally my plan had been to treat Army as a goal race, and to taper similar to how I did for Cherry Blossom (where I ran a total of 28 miles in the week before the race). Why argue with success.
But…of course, I’m in the height of my marathon training. Argh! So, consulted with my coach, who advised that I should stick with my normal training routine, and just keep Friday and Saturday easy to freshen up a bit. So that’s what I did, including a last minute double on Wednesday afternoon – I usually double on Wednesdays, but had planned to skip the second run this week as part of my taper (and had already washed my hair post-run before consulting with coach). Whoops…cue second run (and second washing of hair).
[and yes, since I work from home, I usually don’t wash my hair between runs if I’m doubling]
And of course, in the race, I ended up finishing one lousy second off of my PR from this spring. Oh well. At least it’s an indication that I’m handling the training load well. And who’s to say I would have run faster with a CB-type taper.
In other news, annoying sinus condition continues. I did a course of the antibiotic Bactrim the week before last which helped some, but then the problem recurred after coming off the drugs. *sigh*. By the end of this past week, stuff was really hurting, and I actually even doubted for a small bit that I’d be racing on Sunday.
So back for round two – this time hitting it with antibiotic ear drops and a Z-pack. I started the ear drops on Friday, which cleared things up somewhat by Sunday, and started the Z-pack on Sunday post race. Judging from the race and my workouts, the sinus thing doesn’t seem to be affecting my running too much, but it’s pretty annoying. It also means that I can’t swim, which is one of my preferred recovery workouts. Whine whine whine.