This week was 57.5 miles of “real running” and 3 “miles” pool running, plus 1500 yards of swimming breathing drills -- training log is here.
This week was spent fighting off the same bug that caused me to miss last weekend's long run. I'm not horribly sick; it's just one of those things that lingers, fades away, and then flares again. I went back and forth on whether to show up for Tuesday's hills, and ended up giving it a shot - didn't feel great at the end, but didn't feel horrible. By Thursday, I was feeling a bit better, and then a short workout followed immediately by a 5 hour plane flight to Arizona on Friday pushed me into a moderate relapse. Not bad enough not to race (heck, I was there anyway), so race I did.
I was happy with the race overall and how I executed it. I wish I was a bit more fit (and I really wish I hadn't been fighting this head cold) -- I was just a bit weak and lacking in stamina, so unable to take advantage of the great course and weather. But that's fine. It will come. And there will always be other races with great weather and fast courses - that's the great thing about running.
My coach has ordered me to take several days very easy. No argument here - the flight back post race wasn't much fun either.