I’m up to 40 miles now and things are going well. I’ve been trying to focus on acknowledging negative emotions during runs rather than getting freaked out by them or letting them ruin the entire run. Much of this process involves telling myself, Ok, I feel this way. Let’s relax a little, let it pass on its own. This mindset helped on my long run, where I told myself I would slow down around mile 8, thinking that mile would be a lot slower. Yet, to my surprise, is was right on pace, likely due to just relaxing a bit.
I’m also continuing my training with the mindset that I am a new runner. I’m running times and workouts that I never have before so in a way, it all feels new. I have the utmost trust in my coach and I know that is key to achieving the goals set out to run. In a way, letting go of what I think I know and just trusting the process is like setting the reset button on who I am as a runner. The future is quite exciting!
Monday: 4.5 miles easy and core work.
Tuesday: 6.3 miles with 4 x 1 mile repeats at 7:30 pace (90 seconds rest). James and I warmed up outside and got caught in a down pour so we went to the gym to finish our runs. 7:30 pace felt surprisingly casual for the most part. I can tell I’m gaining new fitness. I played around with the inclines on miles 1 and 3 but it just didn’t seem the same as a rolling road. It actually made it harder to focus so I kept it to a minimum. I did leg work after the run, which was mostly weighted squats.
Wednesday: 7 miles with James at night. We started out quite slow as we were both sore from squats. It was a nice little date night on the roads.
Thursday: 4 miles slow with James and Chris.
Saturday: 14.5 miles with 12 miles @ 8:08 pace and core work. I experimented with half a gel and Gatorade at 6 miles and had no complaints. At times this run felt easy; others, quite challenging. But I guess it’s supposed to feel that way. My marathon paced long runs continue to improve and I will get to test the waters soon with a 10 mile race on April 25th.
Sunday: 3.7 miles easy on the treadmill and upper body strength training. The right side of my entire body is a bit sore. I think what’s to blame is that I had some adjustments done earlier in the week and then ran the long run on the roads yesterday. I’ll be keeping an eye on it.
Total: 40 miles