MONDAY: rest day
TUESDAY: speed day: I had to meet a photographer for the Post Gazette on the riverfront trail. They are doing a piece that should be in the paper this week about runners who have tattoos that are geared around running. After getting my picture taken and giving a short interview I was off running. I did a quick 3 miles. The first mile was at a 8:30 pace then I dropped down to a 6:30 for the second mile and finished with a 8:00 for the third.
WEDNESDAY: rest day: I did some light stretching, but not much.
THURSDAY: When I left work I checked the weather and decided I would attempt to beat a break in the rain and go for a 4 mile run. I ran it in 34 minutes. I felt really good and as I sat in my car the rain started to dump. Had I gone any further than 4 miles I would have been caught in a major storm. Score Shaun 1 Mother Nature 0 this day. Don't worry she would soon get revenge on me.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: Most of the running groups in Pittsburgh had their course preview run. I was going to be running the SCRR club. I arrived early and checked in just a little before 8:00 am. As I was walking around I noticed Amanda sitting at a table. She looked very cold. I went over and we were both talking about how chilly it was. There were no Port-o-potty's on sight so I ran over Dunkin Donuts to use the bathroom. The workers were not happy about the runners using the restrooms. As I was walking back I noticed Jennifer had made her way over to meet Amanda. I stopped over and said hello and got to get a quick picture with them before I made my way to my pace group. I was running the 10 mile course at a 8:30 pace.
SUNDAY: Today is my last rest day for the week. Tomorrow starts my most important week of training.
Besides the running part this week I really need to work on mental training. In previous races I would psych myself out before the race even started. I would start to question my training. I would doubt my talent. Yesterday while running it happened again. I knew I was running a pace that is easy for me, but for some reason I started to queation could I go faster. I have gone faster many of times,
but for some reason I was questioning myself. I need to just run, not think just run. I don't know how I am going to do this but I need to figure it out pretty quick. It's strange because I know what I am capable of and for some reason I just psych myself out. This has been my best training cycle so if I can get the mental part down I will be ready.