Last week ended with a bad long run, so this week started with a really bad attitude. The weather was seriously crappy almost all week, we’ve had almost eight inches of rain this October, so my treadmill has been working overtime. I accomplished my hard 13-mile workout on Tuesday, which should have made me feel better but didn’t, and when Thursday rolled around for my second workout of the week (11 miles with hills with the last three miles at pace) I decided to head outside and brave the deluge. UGH. Pouring rain and cold wind drove me back to my house after seven miles to finish up the workout on the mill. Two workout boxes checked begrudgingly for the week.
My coach/training partner/friend/running dad and I ran long at the coast on Saturday and met up with another friend for the first half of the run, so the family and I headed to the coast Friday night. Saturday morning dawned dry and sunny, and the first 10 miles of our run was just a lovely time, the second half we had to do five at marathon goal pace, a rest mile, then four miles faster.
I was wearing a new pair of shoes that felt crappy (my left arch ached the whole run with occasional zinging stabs), and the first two of those fast miles felt HARD. Like all-out hard. We were on a rolling hilly road, and my pace dropped for the last three but not dismally. Coach and I stopped at the turnaround, cussed, complained, cussed some more and then took off. My first mile was in the required range, but the last three dropped to the 8:00-8:30 range. We met up and cussed for the remaining mile or so to the finish.
Just feeling disappointed that my long runs, since my great one three weeks ago and then my half two weeks, have just been so meh. Shifting my brain to maybe just attempting a PR at CIM and leaving my goal at that. Coach is feeling the same way with his training, so is going to mix things up a little this week to see what we can accomplish.
Our weekend finished on a high note with beautiful weather, plenty of hot tub soaks, and fun family and friend time on the glorious Oregon coast. My attitude is better than it was last Sunday so I’ll just keep trucking along and see how the next five weeks go.
Monday: 6 miles easy, core.
Tuesday: 13 mile treadmill workout. Warm up 3 miles, 9 miles of (.5 mile @6:30/.5 @7:00), cool down 1 mile.
Wednesday: 7 miles easy.
Thursday: 11.29 miles. 7.19 in the driving rain, 4 on the treadmill with the last 3 @6:48 pace. Core in the evening and I VOTED!
Friday: 5 miles easy pushing the stroller.
Saturday: 21.2 miles. First 10 easy, last 10: 6:56. 7:00, 7:24, 7:12, 7:29, easy mile, 7:08, 8:15, 8:25, 9:04. BLEH. Core in the evening.
Sunday: Rest day, core.
Weekly total: 63.49 miles