This week was pretty quiet for me, which meant more reading! I was also resting up a bit for my 10K Trail run on Saturday…shorter, lighter workouts, and a rare weekday with no workout at all! Unfortunately, I was also trying desperately to keep a cold at bay until after my race.
I finished reading…
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I loved it – and it was almost like reading it for the first time since it had been so long and I remembered so little since my last read. I’ll be doing a Quotable Books post for this one closer to Go Set A Watchman‘s release.
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Love May Fail by Matthew Quick (June 16, 2015)
This one was hit and miss for me. The first part reminded me a bit of Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife with a higher does of crazy (a hit!), but things became pretty uneven after that. Mini review to come.
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (June 2, 2015)
I’ve gotta say, the sample didn’t really grab me. Has anyone else read this one yet? I think I’m going to wait on it for a bit.
I’m currently reading…
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg (June 2, 2015)
I’m almost halfway through this one and am really enjoying it so far. It’s on the lighter side, but still has some depth (I’m thinking a potential add to my Summer Reading List!). And, Mazie is kind of awesome.
Next, I’ll be reading…
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows (June 7, 2015)
This story about the unraveling of a prominent West Virginia family’s secrets is the solo debut novel from a co-author of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society.
The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango (June 23, 2015)
“Dark, witty, and suspenseful, this literary crime thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife follows a famous author whose wife—the brains behind his success—meets an untimely death, leaving him to deal with the consequences.” – Amazon
I’m linking up with Tara at Running N Reading’s Weekend Update.
Last week was RACE WEEK, which also meant taper week. As an ex-swimmer, I’m intimately familiar with the taper and it might be one of my favorite things ever. You get to take it easy in workouts and don’t even have to feel bad about it because you’ve already put in your hard work and have to rest up for your race! I used to taper for 3-4 weeks for a big swimming meet…obviously this is slightly different!
Unfortunately, I’d also been fighting a cold all week (of course this would happen right before race time) and my daughter came down with a high fever on Thursday. I was hoping I could hold it off until after the race, but I do think it affected me.
I ran this race last year and my goal for this year was to beat last year’s time ([54:44]). I knew it would be tough because it was raining before the start of the race and I was feeling a little off with my cold. I also figured the trail would be muddy (it was, but not nearly as bad as I expected).
By the time we actually lined up at the starting line, the rain had tapered off. I felt okay the first couple miles, but my splits were off what I felt they should be based on how much effort I was putting in and they were also slower than last year’s splits. I usually try to negative split my races, but this course is so hilly that my splits were all over the place based on which miles have the most hills. But, I was happy to have last year’s splits in my head for comparison.
Mile 3 had a ton of hills, so I just tried to get through it and draft off people as much as possible up the hills. Then, Mile 4 was more downhill – a nice break! By Mile 5, my wheels were coming off. My stomach felt off and the hills were killing me. I had to walk up one of them – which I hate doing.
I felt much better by Mile 6 and the mostly flat and downhill terrain helped. I drafted off the guy in front of me for most of Mile 6 and then passed him at the 6 mile mark, which felt great. Until, he came up to me after the race and said I deserved to finish ahead of him since he’d pretty much drafted off me the entire race (until mile 6)! I had no idea…I need to pay more attention to what’s going on behind me!
Needless to say, I did not beat last year’s time, but I feel like I ran as well as I could on that day. Here’s a breakdown of my splits compared to last year.
This Year (6th Place Females Ages 35-39, Official Time [56:01]):
Mile 1 – [9:20]
Mile 2 – [9:00]
Mile 3 – [9:24]
Mile 4 – [8:53]
Mile 5 – [10:09] (this is where the walk happened)
Mile 6 – [8:34]
And, I have no idea what my finishing pace was because I completely forgot to stop my Garmin at the finish line (probably because I was bent over with my hands on my knees gasping for air)!
Last Year (6th Place Females Ages 35-39, Official Time [54:40]):
Mile 1 – [9:10]
Mile 2 – [8:57]
Mile 3 – [9:17]
Mile 4 – [8:34]
Mile 5 – [9:33]
Mile 6 – [8:12]
And, [7:43] pace for the last 0.2 miles.
Did anyone else race this weekend?