Did you ever have one of those runs where you kind of forget that you are running and suddenly you are done? Well, that was my "recovery" run today. I met up with D and K for five miles this morning. Here we are pre-run looking, um, less than awake. (I know I cut out half of K's face, but I thought it was more authentic that way).
Now, K and D are speedy (K has competed in Worlds in the duathlon). But usually, they just run whatever pace I set. (I kind of have a way of setting my group's pace. Not sure how that always happens.) So, I figured that we'd run 9:30-10:00 miles, not really in the recovery zone, but not hard either. But, that didn't quite happen. Instead, we ran negative splits for the five miles, posting an 8:36 last mile. It was awesome. (And, yes, I was still the one who set the pace.) I just love runs like that. I feel so energized afterwards.
I also needed this run, because my running mates helped to put my head back on straight. They managed to talk me down from the "run two half marathons in a week and blow your Disney PR" cliff I have been on. They know that I won't just run the first race as a "training run." (I knew that too. I just didn't want to say it.) So, instead, I think I am going to run a 3 miler with G. I've gained a lot of speed in the past few months and I've never run a 3 miler, so it would be an instant PR.
As for the Fanatic thing, I have a couple options. I am registered for the Georgia Half on March 21. My trip to GA got cancelled, so I wasn't going to run. But I might just head down there and do it anyway. Or, I have until April 18 to get the three in 90 days, so I could always find another local race to run. Or, I might just wait until next year and take MCM Mama's suggestion and do two in one weekend here in VA. (I'm kind of bummed that the weekend she told me about doesn't work for me this year).
The point is, I'll get it. I'm just not going to rush into it, as I have been know to do ...