This being my first training log, a little explanation is in order.
Two years ago, I was consistently running at a 10-minute pace, with a base run of four miles a couple of times a week. Last year, I increased my base run to six miles, but going longer made me slower. Over the summer, I consistently clocked 11- and 12-minute miles on my six-milers, ugh.
So my immediate goal, in preparation for a half-marathon in December (my first in two years), is to haul my not-insubstantial derriere out of this rut, as quickly as possible. (On Dec. 8, I’m running Kiawah in Charleston, S.C., and they still have some openings, if anyone wants to join me. A mercifully flat course, zero chance of snow, and hot bean soup at the finish!)
On to the week:
SUNDAY: Six miles, 11:50 pace. This is terrible, not only because two years ago, I was running this distance a minute per mile faster, but because I thought I was running much faster. Was crushed when I checked my time.
MONDAY: Planned off. House full of 10-year-old girls for a birthday sleepover. Need LOTS of recovery time.
TUESDAY: Five miles, 11:51. Plateaus R Us.
WEDNESDAY: Rain, rain, go away.
THURSDAY: Three miles with dog, untimed, but twelvish.
FRIDAY: 4.4 miles at 11:50 pace. But, running with dog, which means frequent stops, which means I was running faster than that, probably 11:25. I, speed demon.
SATURDAY: 5 miles, with dog again, untimed.
Total for week: 23.4 miles, 156 pounds, but feeling good and having fun out there!