Well, folks when I'm gone from home for 2 weeks, hence the overabundance of blog posting. I've had my fill of the Green Beer, Troy's gone home for the week, I've eaten my home-made microwaved spaghetti, and there's nothing on TV. My only other ambition while I'm here is to run 50 miles (not all at the same time) around Tom Triplett Park - the loop around the lake. I've got 24 miles to go to make that happen.
This week was a tough one for me (see blog post below). I was sick (I hate pollen). I was away from my running peeps. And generally I just lacked motivation. But....
I ran my 9 mile long run on Monday at a 10:21 pace (goal was 10:31) with 2.5 miles at marathon pace of 9:02 (goal was 2 miles at 9:04) - who would have EVER thought I would be throwing in "fast" miles in the middle of a long run???
I ran 3 x 1000m (which was the hardest run I've had to do yet) at a 7:57, 7:54, and 7:57 (goal was 7:50) - still hardest run to date....
I ran 3 x 1 mile cruise intervals at 8:33, 8:20, and 8:19 (goal was 8:29 for all three miles) - obviously my cold was going away...I had ants in my pants to run!
I ran a 5 mile slicedown where I ran my first mile at an 10:12 and run the last mile at a 9:31 (goal was 10:10 for the first, and 9:30 for the last) - and I didn't even have to do this run! RC gave me the option of doing an easy run and I chose this one :)
And then today I did another 9 mile long run with 3 miles at marathon pace of 9:10 (goal was 9:04) - this was the run where I realized that very soon I'll be running all my long runs at this pace!
RC even set up my log book to show my different paces and whether or not I'm falling into those ranges....looks like other than that last split (I had to go to the bathroom!), I was dead on!
What does all of this mean??
Despite the fact that I lost motivation and general mojo, I still got out there and did 3 really hard (for me anyway) runs. And even when I could have slacked on Saturday and just copped out with an easy run, I decided to do a slicedown.
I have no idea why it's taken me 3 long years to get to this point...the point where I really enjoy running...but I'm so glad I've found it!
On tap for this week:
4 x 1000m intervals (yikes! 3 was hard...can't imagine what 4 will be like!)
5 mile slicedown from 9:50 to 9:10
the Cherry Blossom 5k
9 mile long run w/ 4 miles at marathon pace
and throw in an easy run for fun :)
I get to go home on Friday and I can't wait to get back to FitCamp and running with my trackster friends!
P.S. Got to give a big shout-out CONGRATULATIONS to RC for winning the Forsythia Festival 5k on Saturday (after weeks of non-running!). His text to me said "Confucious says 'run fast - win race'"...lol. Congrats RC!!!