Monday: 9mi easy–with C, felt good.
Tuesday AM: Hill Loop 2, 10mi–with C. Did this in about 74 minutes, roughly 3 minutes slower than the last few times, which was the goal. I still pushed the hills but tried to keep it more relaxed on the flat parts.
Tuesday PM: 3.5mi easy–beautiful afternoon, feeling good.
Wednesday: 10mi easy–with C for most, then ran into C and M and turned and ran a bit with them. Felt tired.
Thursday AM: 7.5mi easy–with C and C. Tired.
Thursday PM: 2.5mi easy–short loop alone, felt better than in the morning.
Friday AM: 8x1000m–warmed up with C to meet N at the track. We did the first 4 on a grass looped C mapped out, a flat loop around some baseball diamonds and playgrounds. The grass was wet and my shoes and socks were soaked quickly.
3:50, 3:50, 3:47, 3:46 (60s between)
Then we did the next 4×1000 on the track. I wanted to cut down on these, which was successful. I led most, but N led a few.
3:48, 3:45, 3:43, 3:41 (1:30-1:45 between)
Given how hard the 3:4x felt on the track, I think the grass loop was probably a bit short, but close enough. Overall this felt good, a solid workout, and fun to have the company.
Friday PM: 3mi easy–only waited 2 hours after eating a burrito. Disaster.
Saturday: 8.5mi easy–C and I went to meet C at the appointed time but she wasn’t there so I ran to her apartment to wake her up. We did a nice run in Newton that I don’t do very often. Nice morning, felt kind of tired.
Sunday: 15mi Long Run–first 4 solo, then picked up C, J, and A for some more. Saw a half marathon running along where we were. Pretty cold and rainy but good half marathon weather. Felt tired by the end but not bad.
My training has been feeling good. I’m a little disappointed to be going so long without a race but we couldn’t really find any that were a good fit. Hopefully this solid block of training benefits my racing in the long term. I’m trying to start doing core again and making sure to keep up all the rolling I was doing during my hamstring flare-up. On Friday I was reminded of this quotation from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami:
“And I hope that, over time, as one race follows another, in the end I’ll reach a place I’m content with. Or maybe just catch a glimpse of it.”