Salty’s Training Log – 3.25.12

What a great week of running I had! It was my first week of official training with my Coach since my New Year’s Eve injury. It was worth the almost-threeย  month wait! I had my first completely plain-free run on Monday and everything felt better than it has in months all week long even with the introduction of some baby speed workouts. My paces are naturally dropping and the few pounds I gained during my down-time seem to be melting off.

With the on-set of spring (summer?) and feeling that getting-back-into-shape feeling I’m a very happy camper!

Happiness helped by beautiful spring-time views like this on my run today!

So happy that I ran alone both days this weekend and really enjoyed myself. I can’t remember the last time I could say that!

Yesterday, I had 8 at 7:50 on tap. I woke up and headed out to meet my teammate JK at the park in the dark. When we met it was 63 degrees and so humid we could make smoke rings with out breath! He had a trail run on tap, but I am going to avoid the trails until they firm up a bit, so I headed out on the roads–just my headlamp and me. I ran up one hilly side of the park to the other and back. My first mile was 8:00 on the nose and my last was 7:18 and feeling good.

Today I left a little later so I skipped the 6 minute drive to the park and ran there instead. Now you might think it’s weird that I drive 1.5 miles to the park rather than just run there all the time. On paper, I agree it’s kinda silly. However, to get to the park I have to run up this:

Within 600 meters of my front door I encounter this view.

And then after that view see this view and so on and so forth.

That’s a solid half mile of monster hill awaiting me and then I have to run a mile on a busy state highway. It’s not that bad really, but sometimes it’s worth it just to skip the monster if I don’t want to warm-up on a gigantic hill or if the traffic is bad and I don’t want to have a stressful mile. Most of the time I choose to drive to the park because I have a running date and the 4.8 mile round trip to the parking lot meet-up spot isn’t in the plan. But today, I was alone and wasn’t feeling wussy so I gave it a go. That first mile was 9:01 pace. I don’t think I’ve ever run it under 8:00. But 9:01 isn’t bad for first thing in the morning and out of shape. Even with the slower than slow start I averaged 7:58 for the entire run blazing back down the hill to home in a comfortable 7:22. A great end to a great week!

Monday: 4 super easy on the mill (~8:55)

Tuesday: 6.25 with 6 x 400 averaging 1:33

Wednesday: 6 easy with the stroller

Thursday: 7 with 4 @ 29:32 (7:22 average) + 900 yard swim

Friday: 4 easy with the stroller

Saturday: 8 averaging 7:41

Sunday: 12.1 averaging 7:58

Total: 47.35

Coming next week: My triumphant return to team track workouts!

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.