I am at that tough spot in training. Still too early on for anything to feel easy, but far enough in that I have some expectation that it should feel easier than it does. Oh well, I know if I keep putting in the time, the fitness will come. One step in front of the other. Literally.
Monday is my rest day, but it was also Labor Day. It would seem wrong not to get something in! I ran 3.5 miles easy (8:51 pace) on the trail with my husband and both boys. It was warm and humid, so short and easy was perfect.
Tuesday I did my arm weights and 50 minutes easy before work. 5.7 miles / 8:50 pace.
Wednesday I did my first uptempo work since the Illinois Marathon in April. Yes, you read that right. I was a bit nervous about it all, truth be told. I was scheduled for an hour with 2 x 10-15 minutes at 7:15-7:45 pace. Guess what? It went well! I won’t say it was easy, but it felt SO GOOD to be running hard. I was able to stick close to the 7:15 pace and once the run was over, I had that great big rush of the runner’s high. I really needed that. 7.4 miles / 8:11 average pace. I also got to start out another season coaching Girls on the Run after work. We have a fun group and already started practicing our strong, fast finishes. 🙂
Thursday I did my arm weights again and an hour-long easy run after work. 6.75 miles / 8:56 pace.
Friday I was super time crunched and my legs were tired. 4 miles / 9:08 pace.
Saturday it was hot. And humid. And awful. I ran just under an hour. 6.3 miles / 8:57 pace.
Sunday it wasn’t as hot (70 degrees), but it was SUPER humid (80%). I felt okay until about 8.5 miles and then it was a suffer-fest to finish. 11 miles / 9:07 pace. This was a very dejecting run as it really shouldn’t be that hard now that I have several weeks under my training belt. I know my fitness with meet me soon. Patience, grasshopper.
Total: 44.6 miles
Good news: the last few weeks I’ve been having some serious heel pain. I switched up my shoes and it is getting noticeably better. Thank goodness…..