So after running a total of 5 miles during the blustery week of week 5, I knew that I had to get in anything and everything this week!
I was feeling behind, and a little frantic. There was NO long run for week 5, which should have been a 7 mile tempo run. 1 Mile warm up at base pace, 5 miles at 9:00 mile, 1 mile cool down. I was feeling NERVOUS about this! So, I wasn't all that sad when we didn't have to do it.
Monday- I got in right under 6 miles.
Tuesday- I ran 2.5 miles AGAINST the artic air that was blowing round 2 of our snowcolyspse! So we turned around with the wind at our backs at took off back to the car. Figure that if we couldn't get any the 5 miles we wanted we'd push the pace. That counts for speed work right?
Wednesday- Snow, off.
Thursday- Usually would be tempo/hill runs but again, I was snowed in, and with my daugther.
Friday- I usually don't like to run the day before my long run, but I figured an easy 4 wouldn't kill me!
Satruday- We were scheduled for 10 miles. But since we all had issues getting our weekly miles in the past few weeks, they dropped it back to 8.
So this week, I had to work super hard to get in the miles, but i logged 21! -- I know to some this isn't many. BUT, my last training season, I only broke 20 miles in a week the last week of my training before my half! So I was excited about this..
Saturday..... I ran with my new group again. They are the 10:10 pace group for Long Slow runs! If you remember, I struggled with making the big move to a faster paced group, doubting my ability to do it.
Our first run we did was a monterous 8 mile hilly run averaging 9:45 pace. I finished strong, but still had my doubts. Yesterday, I ran another 8 miles with them. Averaging just under a 10:00 pace. It felt EFFORTLESS! We ran a few miles on riverside, and the rest downtown. I've never seen downtown so thouroghly before. It's absolutely stunning!!! Running through all of the buildings, seeing the sun peek over them was a sight for my eyes. Each water stop I just kept thinking, it's already time to pause? So I had the confirmation that I was right where I needed to be. Even with the down town hills, the run never felt forced. I'm happy for that!
Last season, I had to come home and stay in bed all day. Our long runs were usually a distance PR for us, so we were worn out!
Yesterday, I worked all day, and went out last night, and never felt any "physical" effects of my legs being tired or sore. A-MAZ-ING.
Needless to say, I'm happy about getting in some miles, and feeling satisfied with my choice to move .