While I knew that If I committed to running full time I would make some strides, I didnt know they would start so soon. I am running very well right now. I have been very conscious of my rhythm. My hill climbing was suffering from too slow of a rhythm, it felt so hard to get up hill. The drills and strides that I have been doing are helping me feel my way to what I am supposed to be doing. I feel fresher, I feel more in control, and I am looking forward to what the short term and long term goals are. Here is how my week went:
Monday-Hill Repeats. Unfortunately or fortunately I had my run cut short. I was tired and hills, especially this hill, are tough. 4 miles total. Only got 2 trips up but I got some work in.
Tuesday-Water polo and laps.
Wednesday-Mile repeats. 1 mile warmup, 4 mile repeats with 2 min rest all under 8:20, and a mile cool down. 6 total.
Thursday-Easy 4 miles. With tired legs and mind easy 4. I also twisted my ankle kinda gnarly but was able to treat it.
Friday-Training Run of 6. I was running low on mileage and had to do 6 in order to get my 30 in this week. With this super stiff and sore ankle can I go? YES! I got 6 in on a course I normally struggle on the last 2 miles home. A 5 min PR on this course. It ended up under 9 for the whole course. I felt strong and got it done.
Saturday-Long run. Since today was travel day and I didnt know what the weekend would be for me and my training I knew I needed to run 10. I woke up early and was at it. Sully cannot go over 8, so I went 8 plus 2. Karl here are the splits my goal was to keep it 9:15 to 9:30 the whole time: 9:24, 9:01, 9:20, 9:38, 8:52, 9:16, 9:27, 9:58 (gave sully a break), 9:33, and 9:37. Ave 9:18. This is better than my 10-miler PR at Charlottesville. I was going easy, I could have gone longer, and I could have gone faster. My schedule said 10 easy. This route included the 3 miles home that are always tough for me since they are slow up. I kept my rhythm strong and stayed present with that. It makes all the difference. No muscluoskeletal issues. I feel sore and tired but nothing in particular and I am looking forward to another week.
Stats- 30 miles....No miles above 10 min per mile and a week with no walking. Quote:
“Life’s battles don't always go to the strongest or fastest man,
But sooner or later the man who wins is the fellow who thinks he can.”
I can feel the confidence growing