…and one mediocre one. Despite being really REALLY busy I’ve been able to unplug and unwind a bit this weekend. I got to play catchup with some friends that I hadn’t seen in awhile, finally got to see HP 7 at the $2 theater and, this is KEY, sleep for 11.5 full hours on Saturday night.
And, of course, running.
Friday was supposed to be an easy run at 0530 before going to an appointment and then a work luncheon (to represent the clinic with the CEO at the GoRedforWomen‘s event). But I checked the weather when the alarm went off (while I was still laying in bed) and saw 6* real temp. So I reset the alarm and told myself that I’d run post-luncheon. Which I did. And because I was running in the afternoon I figured I’d get an interval workout in.
I did this particular workout (given to me by Lacey) last fall. The goal time for the miles were around 7:00 but I figured, given how my paces for all my fast workouts have gone so far this cycle, that it was a bit ambitious. But I gave it a shot anyway.
- 2 X 1 mile continuous (7:08, 7:10)
- 2 x [ 2 X 1 mile] easy / hard combo (8:54, 6:45, 9:09, 7:11)
- Warm down
I really REALLY love the 6:45 mile I was able to pull off but I know it’s not a true reflection of what I’m capable of. Because it was downhill. That said, the other times (both the 2 X 1 mile and the hard miles) were all uphill because of the way I ran my route (it was 2 miles out uphill, one easy/one hard back downhill, one easy / one hard out uphill…if that makes sense). And I’m sure it averages out to something I’m happy with all things considered.
Because the miles were HARD. I was pushing hard. My legs burned during the hard miles and I actually could feel the lactic acid after each fasty mcfast mile. It felt good.
Saturday was a medium long run. 13 miles. Which were hard. The pace was kept easy, I don’t think my legs would have done anything else, but I’ve realized that all my runs are “hard” at the moment. But for different reasons. Or at least every run now has a purpose and to keep the run true to the purpose takes effort. Friday was hard to keep running fast and Saturday was hard because my legs were recovering.
Just in time for the Sunday long run. Since all my favorite routes are under snow at the moment, I did a mentally challenging long run by running a 10 mile route TWICE. Then adding on an extra mile for kicks.
- 10 miles @ 8:42 (oops went out to hard)
- 10 miles @ 9:06 (wanted to quit so bad!)
- 1.1 miles @8:35(PUSH!)
- 21.1 miles @ 8:53 pace
I’m happy with this run. Like I wrote above the second 10 miles were very tough for me. I had the opportunity to quit around mile 15.5 or so but I didn’t. At that point, after passing my apartment and not stopping, I knew that I could finish it. I also had to pass my apartment at the 20 mile marker (and I was originally going to go the 20) but I felt this kick and rush in my legs and clearly they did not disappoint.
I also wanted to go the twenty-ONE miles because I knew that it would push me to 100 miles (one hundred point five to be exact). Go me? This capped off a really great training week where I nailed my tempo on Wednesday, hit the intervals hard on Friday and went loooooooooooong Sunday.
I’m hoping that this is an ongoing trend for the next *gasp* 9 weeks until Boston. Yes, only 9 weeks until my next race. I guess since I only spent 5.5 weeks training in it’s entirety for WR that I still feel like I have an eternity before Boston.
But guess what I don’t have to spend an eternity waiting for? My trip out of town. I’m visiting one of my really good friends from high school this weekend in Philly. I found a really REALLY good bus deal online and she’s willing to let me crash on her couch and paint the town red with her, so I bought my tickets last night. Needless to say, after how super overwhelmed and busy I’ve been lately, this is MUCH needed. Of course planning the trip is making me a bit stressed out in and of itself. But I just need to keep looking at my last trip to visit her to realize how glorious it’ll be.
But between now and fun I have to get through this week. And do some quality training. And some rockclimbing. Fingers crossed that today kicks off the week right!