Both days that I biked this week, I also ran once I got home. I couldn't really call them bricks as I came in checked email, had a snack, changed my clothes, then got going. My runs have been less then stellar. Do I really have a half marathon this weekend? It is perhaps the least excited I have been for a half. I am excited to see Darlene and stay with her Sat. night before the race. We are going to the pasta dinner which is unusual for me. There is a race expo and the course is supposed to be very scenic - that is absolutely the way I like it. But my running is bleeck. I don't have the enthusiasm I usually do. I am thinking about doing a run walk thing but I'm not sure yet. I have prepared but not as diligently as I usually do. I usually hit every workout. This time I have done the long runs and the speed workouts but not so much with the tempos and pace. Hmm. That is quite a hole. So when I am thinking about my goal I will need to remember what my effort has been. Some of the problem has been that my heart has been with biking and that has really been my top priority a lot of the time.
I think I am going to look over my training after this. I am going to take 5 days or so off from running completely. Then I am going to think about running less often. Maybe my body is telling me something. When I put the bike away for the winter I need to find another way of cross training. I can't really say I have been cross training though as I just added biking to my running regimen. No wonder I have lost some of my joy. I am not exactly a young runner and I think I may be asking too much of myself. I would still like to work out 5 days a week but cut running back to four. I have been running 6 and biking 3 all spring, summer and fall. My son keeps telling me I am overtraining. Maybe I need to listen. I am so scared of being a slacker. Seriously. I still remember those days when I did nothing and I don't want to go back there.
Thoughts? Have you cut back or changed it up with any success?
I'll end with a couple pictures from my run today. I keep thinking I will show you some of our fall color but there isn't much yet.