2. Obviously, once the credit card was warmed up, it was time to go on a bit of a race registration bender. Take a look at my newly updated list of upcoming races, it's had a number of additions this week. Yesterday I signed up for an 8k tune up race two weeks out from the Frederick Half. I also went ahead and signed up for the open water race on Memorial Day weekend that I've been thinking about for a while. So, two weeks after the MOST IMPORTANT SWIM EVER, I will swim two miles. Should be fun. After almost three months of no races, it feels good to have a bunch of things on the calendar.
3. I had a bit of a breakthrough at tempo this morning. For the first time this year I felt good the whole time. It wasn't my fastest workout, but it was consistent. I didn't start dying in the third mile and completed four miles feeling strong (the last few weeks I've been told to stop at 5k because mile 3 has been so rough). I started a bit more conservatively and tried to stay relaxed. The first three miles were more or less evenly paced and I was able to go a bit faster in that last mile. Mentally, this was exactly the workout that I needed to have. My struggles toward the end in the last few weeks had really started to get in my head and those doubts popped up during Sunday's race. I don't need those kind of negative thoughts hanging around!
4. When I struggled in the later miles of Cherry Blossom, the main thing I kept thinking was, "I need to be running more." I'm not sure if this is truth or a myth, but I feel like I am better able to pick it up at the end of a race (or at least hold steady) when I've built up a strong base and my volume is up. (I also tend to do fairly well off of a taper, but only when there's something to taper down from!) High mileage is all relative and I'm someone who ran a 50 mile week for the first time last fall in my last big week training for the Philadelphia Marathon. So I'm not talking about anything crazy here. But I would like to spend April in the upper 30s-low 40s. I recently added a fifth run back to my schedule, so this should be a very manageable goal. I think this will get me to the start line at Frederick feeling confident about my abilities to run a strong 13.1, especially in the back half.