You seem very ready, but your body seems to be having issues. I would try a few super light to rest days and see if you can come back rested and stronger. Just my two cents.
Totally agree (well, I dont know about the 'ready' part), was thinking along those lines myself. thanks. This is shaping up to be a taper week w relaxing workouts, then back into it next week w tune-up races at the end.
what races are you looking at . . .
funny you should ask. I believe you are going to some of the same ones? to kick off, st. louis sr. oly 800 and then 1500 the next day. then riverfront mile the next friday...
OK, just checking, thought that's what you had in mind . . . those 3 hour training runs had me confused! though you might sneak in an ultra on me. :)
yeah, maybe I'm the one whose confused! I am looking at all-american 5k kirkwood to webster too, hoping the downhills would help me maintain intensity, sort of a series of mile intervals separated by short 'rests', in theory?
that's one of my annual races, meets criteria of "I can bike there" . . . this is the old Connection Run from the two YMCAs, but recently taken over by Go St Louis! It's a nice course and Matt O'Connor has run a sub-15 on this course, besting some Kenyan college runners from Kansas one year. The first mile is very fast. Then you make a turn and a slight incline up Lockwood to MQP, then downhill, then uphill into Old Webster. so it is not entirely flat. Fun course, I definitely will do it.
Planning to do that one too. The course is deceptively challenging. That last hill will bite you if you go off the line too fast.