From my triathlon......more pics later.
I usually plan my weekly workouts on Sunday night. I haven't been doing it lately as in the summer it is a bit easier to fit it all in and I'm not on any workout plans. Really? Aren't I doing a half marathon in about a week and a triathlon one week later? I guess I am going with the casual approach - so not me! But when I make plans or just fit it in I am definitely guilty of doing my workouts when it fits best into my schedule. Too many runs close together, a long run followed by a speed workout, workouts packed into five days with two days off but not for a taper. Yup. Those are all things I do. I know it's not best but I figure if I can fit in my workouts that is better than ideal timing.
But I did think about this today. Yesterday I had that hot long 12 mile run which I felt tired from all day. Truthfully I still felt tired when I got up this morning. But my plans were to do a practice tri again at Lake Dunmore so off I went. Once I got my wet suit on I stood beside the lake. I checked my phone, I looked around, I did nothing. I wasn't feeling it.....but finally I got in. I did get through all 3 disciplines and it wasn't awful but it was not as fast as last time which obviously isn't what I was hoping for. The bike was less than a minute slower but the run was almost 3 minutes slower. Ouch. In a 5K that is one minute per mile slower. I knew I was slower but I didn't realize it was that much slower.
Would it have been better to plan my workouts differently this week? I would think so. But maybe doing this tired will make it that much easier come race day. I do feel I need to be aware that I am not exactly a young runner and think about that. It's hard to fit it all in and I guess we each just do it in the best way we can.
What works best for you?