Sunday, September 4, 2011

No Choice but to Step Up

I am running more, I am running faster, and I feel great.  I was laughing to myself today as I desperately try to hang on to the group.  When an ultra-intense, world class runner is the coach, you step up.    I was laughing because I have been forced to run faster.  Do not embarrass myself, lol, do not complain, lol, and be responsible for the latter part of the group.  What have I got myself into?  Truth is I am loving it.  Karl has been harping on me to run more, well Karl I am definitely running more.  I am happy to report the soreness is going away, the groove is nice,  Easily the best I have run in my whole life.

Tuesday-Easy 4 miles.  9:27 pace.
Wednesday-20 min Tempo run.  1 mile warm-up.  20 min at 8:25 pace, 2.38 miles, then 1 mile cool down.
Thursday-First formal practice with KD.  I only ran during the warmup.  Yeah it was 10 min warmup at 7:25 pace, lol....JUST HOLD ON!  lol...1.33 miles.
Friday-Training Run.  45 min easy turned into finish off 5 miles.  46:42, 9:19 pace.
Saturday-Progression Run.  1 mile warm-up, drills, strides, and hills.  Then supposed to be 20 min out and 15 min back.  I ended up tending to a runner who crashed.  The terrain was rocky and unsure.  I ended up running 7 miles total.  The time and tempo were off because of the walking I did during triage. Hard effort.  I was on my way to an awesome run.
Sunday(today)-Training Run.  Just hold on.  HOOOLD ON!  Then I ended up leading the trailing group.  It ended up 49:55, splits were 8:18, 8:35, 8:14, 9:30, 10:00, and 5:15.  5.5 miles.  Then on the track for strides and core.  ROUGH.
Stats-27.21 total miles.  Garmin reports that I have run 159.8 miles in the last 30 days.  There are miles not logged on the watch too.  So 170 miles may be?

I am sore for about the first 10 min every morning then I feel great the rest of the time of the day.  I have some back soreness, some quad/abd soreness, and feet are tired.  I feel really good about the volume/pace I am able to sustain.  There has been no walking.  Overall, I am stoked.  Quote:

"You win 80% of the time by not quitting."


Chuck said...

I'm so happy for you! You can't help but get better trying to hang on to a group that is faster then you. Avoiding embarrassment is a great motivator! Just be careful that you don't over do it.

Jill said...

I'm always sore and stiff the few steps of a run, by mile 3 it's all worked out and I feel great...unless I don't and if I'm not feeling great by mile 3, then it's not going to ever feel great. I think that's part of endurance training though - learning how to run through the pain until it's no longer painful!

So good to hear the excitement in your words that running is going great! Keep it going strong!

Karl Stutelberg said...

This is EXACTLY what you needed, all this time. "You run like a girl" never sounded SO good! Glad to hear your are stepping up to the challenge and enjoying it! I have been excited to read your post every week to see what crazy, amazing, fast, and fun things you are doing every week. Talk to you soon.