This is going to be short and sweet today. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, the placebo effect or I really needed it, but since I started iron supplements last week I am feeling a lot better. I ran about as well as I have in the last few months. My workouts were solid and I made sure to run easy – no watch easy runs all week long! I still have a lot of room to feel better, though. I had the blood draw to get my ferritin and thyroid levels checked so I should have some new information soon. In the meantime, I am going to continue doing my best, taking my iron and hoping I figure it out soon.
Mon: off. Up really late and too exhausted for an early morning wake up.
Tue: a.m. 3 easy; p.m. 10 with track. 4 x 4 x 400 with 45s rest between reps and 90s between sets. Goal was to start at 95 and cut down 2 seconds each set and I thought that might even be hard with how the race went on Sunday, but unlike most track workouts recently I felt better as we went. 92, 92, 90, 94; 90, 90, 90, 90; 88, 87, 88, 88; 84, 85, 84, 82.
Wed: 6.5 easy
Thu: 8 early and easy
Fri: 12.5 with 10 mile tempo. I’m not going to lie – this scared me. My goal pace for 10 was just 5s lower per mile than what I just ran for a 5 mile race. Granted a few weeks ago I did 8 at that pace, but still … Anyway, I used a bike path with .5 mile marker and my cheap watch. I ran out 3, back 2.5, out 2.5 and then back 2. I paid loose attention to the .5 splits, but focused on getting to my turnaround points as close to on pace as I could. This helped me not worrying about how much further I had to go. I averaged 6:49, as much a me mental victory as a physical one.
Sat: 5 easy.
Sun: 16 @ 7:35 with KN. Not my finest long run but it’s done!