I'm hoping it is just taper/prerace madness setting in, but today's runs were bad. I seriously have no excuses, I had the day off form both jobs, got to sleep in, had very few things to do during the day, and the weather was HOT 80+ degrees, which I love. I don't know what is going on. Run #1 was an suposively 'easy' 5 miler, that I set out for around 10am after doing some chores around my apartment. I don't know why, but my legs felt dead from the start. I tried to keep the pace chill and just relax, but the whole 39:XX minutes felt like a struggle. 7:52 pace has never taken so much effort! I was discouraged, but jumping in the pool immediately after (did I mention how much I LOVE my apartment) and drinking iced coffee helped a bit. ;)
The rest of the afternoon was spent doing a few tasks and of course, falling asleep for 2+ hours. I'm still catching up on sleep and am amazed at the fact that I can sleep so much when given the opportunity. My mom also called me saying that I would need to drive home to my parents' house tonite to take care of the cat. This was a bummer, only because I have to be back at the bakery at 6am tomorrow. Alas, it is a good thing I love my parents and the cat!
Run #2 was at run club. Mike couldn't make it, so I ran with another friend. It was a short and sweet 4 miler at 8 something pace but it seriously felt so hard. My legs had no pep in them at all. I'm so bummed because they felt 10000x better last week in the middle of a 100 mile week, than they do this week in a 'taper' 50-60 mile week. What gives, cuz I'm freaking out!
Drove the hour home to the parents, ate TCBY for dinner, and here I am, chillin with the baby cat. Tomorrow = early drive back the bakery for my short shift, squeezing in a run, teaching, working again for the bakery doing a demo from 4-7, then back to the parents. Should be a full day! :)