3 warm up, 10 X 800m @ @ 2:49-2:56 w 2:00 minute jog recovery, 3 mile cool down
Yesterdays 800’s went well. It was the first speed session I have done alone in a few weeks. Running these alone can be boring but it’s helpful for me to toughen up. It also happened to be a blustery, rain-soaked workout. I confess I did my warm up on the treadmill so I could stay dry an extra 24 minutes before heading out into the rain. The slower end of the 800’s were into the wind but I made a point of running out and back to even it up. The point was to run them strong but as Coach Hadley said “Don’t over reach, Don’t be heroic.” I love the whole train, don’t strain philosophy.
Today’s workout is an easy 10 miler. We are cutting back the intensity of the rest of the week in prep for the Shamrock Half Marathon so the 800’s yesterday are my last speedy day until Sunday. I am extremely excited to race this Sunday. The majority of workouts have been going well, I’ve been recovering a best as I can (as best as any of us non-pro athletes can), and I’m at a nice racing weight. I think I’ll be able to set a nice PR (sub 1:22) but am anxious to run ambitiously at a close to high 1:19 pace if the wind and body cooperate. Just typing that makes my stomach flip a bit. Wish me luck!
My recap for last week is below. The only hitch I had was Wednesday’s 10 miler at marathon-ish pace. The pace felt too fast (even though I’ve done this pace and distance before) so I stopped a few times to rest….ulgh. Usually this is my favorite type of workout but the day before I had run twice and participated in a parent-kid basketball game. The basketball game would have been humiliating but by some outlandish miracle I threw a 3 pointer. It was one of those “wut?” moments because if you know me in real life, you know I can run far but I have ZERO coordination. I’ve never seen my five year old so proud. He said “I thought you were going to be a wimp, but you were a winner!” How funny/cute/slightly embarrassing is that?
This morning I woke up to the sweetest surprise. A friend Hillary wrote a blog post about two friends and I titled “Ladies who Launch.” It made my day. If you want to read a blog that actually has quality writing (as opposed to my rambles) check her out. She is on my “Must Read” list….Tongue In Chic The picture below is immediately post-Twin Cities marathon when we all managed to PR. One of my favorite running memories.
Lastly Boston Marathon bib numbers have been released. I was absolutely thrilled to see a #1195 next to my name. When I ran Boston the first time I was in the 7000’s. It is a dream of mine to one day have a little F in front of my name and run in the Boston elite field. A girl can dream right?! If you’ve gotten your number, let me know. I’d love to see as many friends as possible. 🙂
Anyone else running the Shamrock Full, half, or 8K this weekend?