I kept meaning to do a catch up log and week after week went by. I was getting so caught up in writing substantive posts and running the site (along with the rest of my life) that my training logs got pushed down the to-do list. Plus, I finally admitted I was struggling to stay un-injured and then started feeling angsty about my own running, which didn’t help.
Even so, I’ve been running well. After I cried uncle, I took a 40 mile down week and then ran 58 miles and then back up to 60 last week. I ran (not raced) a half, which was at once fun, but also felt kind of lame. My husband runs one half marathon every year and it’s sponsored by the store that sponsors my team, so we get an entry into it and either race or use it as a training run if we can. I enjoy doing it with my husband as I’ve done 5 times now.
Although it’s fun, to be perfectly honest it’s hard to not be awesome when racing. It’s like being sober at a party when everyone else is drinking. And then the ego is there reminding you that people think you’re racing or will see the results and think you raced and then that would be mortifying! I thought about pushing the pace to run tempo effort as long as I could, but who am I kidding? I’m half injured, for one and two – what the hell? I have nothing to prove. So, I sucked it up and just ran what I ran with no watch and no time goal. I ended up running a 1:33:32 with about a minute pitstop, so about 7:00 – 7:05 pace for the running and felt pretty good and even though I wasn’t fist pumping and celebrating a race well-run, I was proud of myself for showing some restraint.
Here are the last two weeks of my training. To see more, friend me on Daily Mile!
Week Ending 9/8
M: 9 miles no watch mix of roads and trails.
T: 9 miles with 2 x 4, 3, 2, 1 fartlek (half jog rest).
W: 7 miles on the Y treadmill in 8:29.
Th: 4 on the alter-G at 95% at PT in 7:21.
Fr: 8 on the mill 7:37.
Sa: 7 on the trails 8:40s.
Su: 14 with half in 1:33:32.
Week Ending 9/15
M: Easy 7 on the basement mill 8:20s
T: 9 in the hot hot heat on the bridle trails 8:40s
W: 10 with 3, 2, 1 tempo (that’s 3 miles, 2:00 jog, 2 miles 1:30 jog, 1 mile) 6:43 average for the 3 miles, 6:41 for the 2 miles and 6:37 for the 1 mile.
Th: 5 easy on the mill 8:07.
Fri: 8 easy on the mill 8:17.
Sa: 7 easy on the trails 8:40s.
Su: 14 miles with Ginger’s boyfriend James mostly on his bike. Great conversation! 7:39 average.