It didn't really work out that well, unfortunately. The first mile was OK, if somewhat awkward and slow. The first fast half mile went by well, I felt fast until the end, when I started feeling a stitch in my side. The next half mile was slow, then I started a faster half and it was clear that it wasn't going to work. The stitch came back and I gave up on the pace and just jogged a bit. After that I just opted to survive the run at a slow steady pace, somewhat disillusioned with my run. It really was a blow to my psyche, after several really good runs to have such a bad one and so close to my next race. This was supposed to be my taper -- a time of energy and rest. Instead I found myself sore and slow.
But having had a little time to reflect on this I think it's because of a few things:
- I haven't a clue how to train intervals, how fast to go, how to transition, resting in between, etc. If I want to do this right I need to find a coach or running group and not try to do this on my own all the time.
- I really need rest. No matter what my training schedule says, I need to listen to my body and rest when it tells me to. I've run every day but one since last Wed, including a few fast longer runs, with my only day off a 25 mile bike ride. Tomorrow is a rest day.
- Bad days happen. Don't let it occupy your brain too much. Accept it, move on.
And I signed up for the Jack London 10K trail race next month. :)