Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Playing it safe

Instead of my usual lunch intervals on Tuesdays, I decided to switch over to "Tempo Tuesdays" starting today.

As I set out and started my warm-up, I started wondering if that was such a smart idea. I've been running very well and I know that my sub-4:00 goal is well within reach. With my goal race just over a month away, injury prevention is key at this point.

I considered the following:

  • a long, hard run on Sunday (I do feel that I have recovered well, but there is some lingering fatigue)


  • this being the second of three peak mileage weeks


  • cramming more mileage than usual into Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday due to an upcoming trip to Montreal this weekend (including a little half marathon on Sunday)


  • I will still get some speed this week with Yasso 800's on Thursday


  • With the above excuses reasons in mind, I played it safe with an easy 10K instead. It felt great! I will probably be sneaking out for another short run tonight, so I know I made the right call.

    Tempo Tuesdays to commence next week!

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    36 comments:

    ajh said...

    I will be posting about my "tempo" run later today. I need to go check out the half marathon you are running on Sunday!
    I think you followed the right plan!

    Heather said...

    Sounds like a great plan. But I love the ring of tempo tuesdays. :)

    TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

    I think it's a smart move. Good luck with the half this weekend!

    Staci Dombroski said...

    I loved your picture :)

    Laura said...

    Oh I am so voting for you. You should have had a Tim's in your hand as well...how Canuck would that have been??

    teacherwoman said...

    I so voted for you! :)

    Jill said...

    Yep, that's one of the most ridiculous outfit for sure :). But you DO look cute!! I like Tempo Tuesday, has a nice ring to it so ya gotta stick with that one!

    Jamie said...

    Smart move on switching to the 10K! Loving that outfit!

    destination262 said...

    Loving the outfit! The helmet cracked me up! I voted. I think it's good that you played it safe. I was hoping to do track tuesdays again today too, but I struggle running 3 days in a row. Good job though on doing a 10k on your lunch break.

    Tricia said...

    Too funny!

    Oh, and I saw you leave a comment on Jens blog about a coupon code for RunningSkirts.com

    Mine is still active. Use "endurance" to receive 15% off your order following checkout. (it shows up after you checkout)

    Lisbet said...

    good "excuses/reasons" lol, I love it. I think it's a very smart move! Last thing to do now is get hurt...

    J said...

    Smart move! I am sure your legs were happy with taking a break from the tempo Tuesday!! And you are hilarious in that outfit! Totally crazy!

    EndorphinBuzz said...

    It's the smart thing to do, good work putting safety ahead of greed!

    Jess said...

    On my way to vote!

    Char said...

    Nice outfit! Please say you wore that out in public

    runnernic.com said...

    Im laughing outloud at your picture!! I tried to vote for you but the little tab is not showing up!!! you should DEF win!!!!

    Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

    i was dying when I saw your photo and I think you are in the lead for votes right now, you totally deserve it

    I Run for Fun said...

    Good call on the 10K! Knowing when to back off is crucial to a great training plan.

    I am rolling with laughter...you totally deserve my vote!

    lindsay said...

    i reallllly love the boots! how do those work on a long run? ;)

    i probably would've held back too considering all the very valid points you mentioned. just be sure to rock it out thursday!

    Carly said...

    LMAO! That outfit is hysterical!

    Tricia said...

    just came back to tell you I voted for you!

    MCM Mama said...

    Way to listen to your body! And HILARIOUS outfit!

    Her Name is Rio said...

    I'm impressed with that outfit! Wowza!

    Sarah said...

    Voted! Love the boots LMAO!

    Wifey said...

    LOL! You are rockin' that outfit!

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey

    RunningLaur said...

    Another half marathon - now surprising at all :)
    Have a great week beforehand!

    trialsoftraining said...

    safe is always better than sorry, or Injured! You'll also get a Tempo run in at the half-m, as racing just tends to bring it out of ya ;)

    Emz said...

    You are amazing. I have sooooo much to learn from you & your training.

    The
    outfit
    is
    awesome.

    Lacey Nicole said...

    BEST RUNNING OUTFIT PICTURE I HAVE EVER SEEN. can i get a close up of those boots??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    double runs today?! awwweweesome!!!! :)

    Toni said...

    Sounds like a good plan. Love the outfit!

    shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

    I love that your doing a double! I am a BIG fan! You are racing loads...I am jealous. ...a little half! Run Strong!!

    I love your outfit. It is so funny! I just wonder how far you could actually run in those boats?!!?

    Fair Weather Runner said...

    that is just hands down awesome. i am so voting for you. HOT! haha. and good move on the runs, better safe than sorry, pretty sure you're already on target to kick some more marathon butt, so really... :) yaya!

    Mel-2nd Chances said...

    hahaha, your outfit rocks!! Safe travels to Montreal, have a great Half!!

    Amy said...

    Love the pic! Way to represent the homeland! I'll go vote ASAP!!

    Meg said...

    Nice picture!! You have my vote!

    A Toronto girl out West said...

    Best. Picture. Ever.