I had the best week of training I’ve had in 3 years! And with a slight cold no less! Track in particular was great for me. I was worried that I was going to crash, but I never did and finished feeling strong. I am feeling like my old self and it feels so good after so many months (years now!) of setbacks.
Mon: 6 early and easy. Dark!
Tue: 11.5 with track. Workout sounded very daunting, but went really well. 2 x 1200, 1000, 600 (goal paces: 4:30, 3:42, 2:08) with 2:00 active rest between reps and 3:00 between sets followed by 1 x 1600 (5:55-6:00). My coach is very optimistic on his goal paces. The fastest I’ve run a mile on the track recently was a 6:08 about a month ago at the start of a workout. Eek! Much to my surprise the paces just rolled out. They weren’t easy, but I wasn’t killing myself either. 4:25, 3:39, 2:08; 4:27, 3:40, 2:08. And then the mile. Oh man. I was so worried about it!!! I started off conservatively and ended up picking it up the last 400 with a 6:01!
Wed: I had a seminar downtown in the morning and I did an hour easy after around the city. The sidewalks hurt my legs. Ouch, but otherwise it was really beautiful out and a nice way to see the sights.
Thu: 8 miles with the single stroller on bridle trails.
Fri; 10 with tempo. This was my first continuous tempo in a while. I was shooting for 6:45 pace for 4 miles. I ran on a bike path with half mile markers and averaged 6:42. Mile 2 was my fastest because I got into a shouting match with a guy and his dog off a leash. It was a busy night at the park and he had his big dog ambling along the path and it surprised me as I came around a corner. I told him it needed to be on a leash and he replied, “Yeah, well put some clothes on!” I lamely yelled back, “This is legal. THAT is not!” If only I had more time to perfect my comeback 🙂
Sat: 5 early and easy before working at the farmers market.
Sun: 14 @ 7:31. I was sweating this run too! I had to run solo because my husband had to work in the morning and didn’t know when he’d be done. I wasn’t able to get out until about 11:30 and I decided I should push myself so I did my old Boston training long run route which is 8 miles up and 6 miles back down. The hills are relentless and exhausting! But they hurt so good and knowing it’s all downhill on the way home really helps me push through it. It was annoyingly windy on the way home at times, but generally a gorgeous sunny day. I averaged 7:39 out and then averaged 7:31 for the whole run. Happy with that!