Welcome to my new log! How is it new, you ask? Well, I began recording everything in minutes in place of miles this week. I was a tad hesitant because even though I typically run by feel and for time, I still felt complete in measuring my training week in miles. However, I had a mental and physical breakthrough with this new method.
Mentally, I realized that having a set pace or distance to run everyday can create pressure. Some pressure is good, such as race day pressure or big workout pressure. However, putting pressure on myself everyday only leads me down the road to burnout and quite possibly, injury. This new pressure-less mind-set made me feel more relaxed and even content with having to take a day off if the body was crying out for one.
Physically, I had a track workout on Tuesday that surged me back to some of my previous fitness levels. Typically, I will try to run the workout completed by the Tuesday night training group in Solon, Ohio. James’s coach was kind enough to adapt the workout to my current fitness level and short-term goals. For me, the workout was 1 x 1600 (2:30 rest), 2 x 800 (2:00 rest), and 1 x 1600 as jogging the curves and striding the straights. My first mile felt exactly like last week’s 7:30 pace. Low and behold, I was surprised to see my watch read 7:04. The two 800s were kept at a slightly faster pace (6:54 pace) and then the strides in the last 1600 were run around 20 seconds each. I finally felt strong, light, and confident again.
Sunday: 1hr 52 min long run. Picked up the pace around 1:20:xx until 1:40:xx and surprisingly felt good.
Monday: 70 minute night run.
Tuesday: 45 minutes of work at the track.
Wednesday: 60 minute run. Naturally picked it up on the way back. Last mile felt like 8:00 pace.
Thursday: 80 minutes slow.
Friday: 55 minutes, again feeling pretty darn good. 5 x 30 second strides incorporated.
Saturday: 45 minute run. Cut it short because it was late and wanted to save my legs for Sunday’s long run.
Total: 7 hours and 47 minutes of running. For the curious, this equates to about 50 miles for the week.