This is going to be a short weekly write-up, as I have work to do and a bad headache to nurse. I cut back my mileage pretty heavily this week, and will for the next few. I didn't have a great race, but I don't think that points to any issue with the taper (and I suspect the bad headache is more the result of the bad race than the cause). Sometimes shit just happens.
The cutback week did lead to this entertaining exchange on Saturday morning.
- Me: "honey, I'm going running. Back in about 30 minutes"
- Brian: "Wait a minute - you're going running, but only for 30 minutes? What's the point? Why bother, if you're only running 30 minutes?"
Clearly, I've trained him well.
In other news, I'm registered to run the RNR USA Half next weekend. After today's sucky experience, I briefly considered skipping it. But I don't think that makes sense for me. I really need to get back on the horse, so to speak. Plus I have an established history of just racing better and better when I race quite a bit, and do little in between.
I made mistakes in this race, including overreaching slightly, and also just not.having.fun. I can use RNR USA as a chance to work on running fast but relaxed, and having fun, rather than worrying about the final time.
I don't mean for the above to come across as "well, I'm not really racing RNR USA". I dislike it when people sandbag before races: "well...you know I'm not really going to race this one" (unless you are truly planning on running it as a marathon pace workout or something similar, or jogging it in a costume). Statements like that are self-sabotaging - they protect your ego in the short term, but also prevent you from reaching your potential, and harm you in the long term.
But for me, "running fast but relaxed, and having fun" is a racing strategy, and usually leads to my best times. Heck, it worked well at 3M, where I was so happy just to make it to the starting line that I had no worries about how fast I ran. So, I need to revisit that skill.