Happy Monday everyone!
I’m fresh off a challenging but exciting 12-miler as I write this (Sunday afternoon). With only a month to go to the Half at the Hamptons, things are really starting to click. The workouts are hard, but I’m hitting and maintaining paces that I KNOW only a few months ago would have been impossible for me. It’s exciting but also nerve-wracking because now I’m beginning to worry about all the factors that are totally outside of my control. What if we get a snowstorm and the race is cancelled (definitely a possibility for a March race in NH…) What if there’s a terrible headwind and I just can’t hit the paces? What if, what if, what if. I know it’s not practical to worry about these things since there’s zero I can do about them, but the thoughts are still popping into my head.
But anywho, here’s what the week looked like for me:
Monday – Easy 6 miles on the treadmill and my last miles of January! I ran 165.7 miles for the month. Pretty stoked about that! I bet I can beat it in February even with it only being 28 days though because I know the training is going to continue to ramp up.
Tuesday – Rest day.
Wednesday – Workout on the treadmill. It came out to 8.6 miles and consisted of: 15 minute warm-up, 1 mile at 7:20, 2 min recovery, 3 miles at 7:40, 2 minute recovery, 1 mile at 7:10. Boy do those 2 minute recoveries feel short… This one was another tough workout and it didn’t help that I had forgotten my headphones, so I had togut it out and shut down the negative self-talk as I got progressively more tired. I tried to think of it as mental strength work. 🙂 I ran this one early in the morning and felt a little tired walking around the rest of the day but not terrible. The next day though – HOLY DELAYED ONSET MUSCLE SORENESS! My quads were toast.
Thursday – Easy 5 miles on the treadmill. I was surprisingly more sore walking around than I was during this run, but I still kept it nice and easy.
Friday – Easy 6 miles on the treadmill plus some core work.
Saturday – Easy 6 miles outdoors around my favorite loop. The wind was rough but it felt nice to be off the treadmill.
Sunday – The BEAST of this week’s workouts. 12 miles total. The first 3 miles were the warmup and then it was 2 x 3 miles with alternating paces of 7:32 and 8:01 with 2 minute recovery in between sets. 3 mile cool-down. I knew this was going to be hard, but I was excited to see what I could do. It’s still not comfortable, but I have noticed 7:30 paces beginning to feel more and more manageable as this training cycle has progressed. Here’s how I did on the repeats:
Set 1: Mile 1 – 7:31, Mile 2 – 8:03, Mile 3 – 7:32 (NAILED IT, but also starting to feel really tired).
Set 2: Mile 1 – 7:37, Mile 2 – 8:25, Mile 3 – 7:27. This second set is where things got interesting. I had to fight tooth and nail for that 7:37 in the first mile. I felt like I hadn’t recovered at all on my measly 2 minute recovery and I had to launch into another 7:30 mile??? My legs were not having it. So I started that interval with my pace hovering around 7:45. And I got angry. And I thought about how I was going to completely fail at the paces on this second set. And then somewhere in there I realized I could still fight. The mile wasn’t over yet. I managed to get it down to 7:37 and was happy with that. But then I was wiped out again and my pace fell off on the 2nd mile while I recovered and mentally prepared myself for the last mile. This last mile I’m very proud of though. I knew it was the end and I promised that I was going to give it everything I had left. I had felt so spent running that 7:37, but somehow I turned around and ran a full 10 seconds faster only 8 and a half minutes later.
I think I’m beginning to learn that these workouts are as much mental as they are physical. Self-talk is having a huge effect on my ability to keep pushing myself through the interval (or not). It’s something I need to continue to pay attention to and work on, especially so that I don’t turn on myself when things get tough during the half.
All in all, I’d call the workout a success. I gave it a solid effort and came pretty close to hitting the intended paces. It also resulted in another new 10k PR which I was happy about. 🙂
How was your week? Did you watch the Super Bowl yesterday? Any plans for this week?