August 2, 2005
one down, one to go
When I titled Sunday's post What a Slacker, I meant slacking in blogging, not in training. Even though I'm slow, I know I've been running a fair amount. For me, anyway. I take a little perverse comfort in the fact that the slower I am, the longer I go, and I can qualify for the "15-hour boomers" thread in coolrunning. I view this as sort of an anti-fredurie thread, which appeals to me very much.
Anyway, this morning I did the first of 2 scary workouts this week. It was the dreaded 12 miles with 6 at "tempo" (6:45 - 7:00 for this slow joe). I was afraid it would hurt and I'd find some reason to bail or stop in the middle. To my surprise, it didn't really hurt, but my stomach got hard-run fever so I did end up having to stop in the middle. After a short stop home I ran the other 3 miles, but my stomach did not let up and I had to stop home once more before the cooldown. I ended up with 6:46, 6:50, 6:48/bio-break/6:56, 7:02, 6:58. My husband says it's definitely something to feel happy about, but I wonder how I'd have done if I hadn't stopped after the first 3 miles; would I have been able to hold the pace, or would my legs have died by the end?
On the other hand, my 10K PR pace (set in March) is 6:49, so 6 miles near that pace does make me kind of happy.
Tomorrow is a 15-mile medium-long run, but I'm not going to try to push it to a progression run or anything unless I feel fabulous, and I don't think I will. Thursday and Friday are recovery-doubles, and then Saturday is the next scary workout: 16 miles with 12 at marathon pace. I'm planning to run the marathon-pace part not at my real (recent) marathon pace but at my goal marathon pace. Ha.
I'm on call this week, and I've had to work one evening already (and I'm getting ready to work some tonight), but I haven't been woken from sleep yet. That's a good sign.
Posted by joe positive at August 2, 2005 7:03 PM
My error I posted my comment too fast last night. You are doing a wonderful job staying focus and getting the job done.
Posted by: dawn at August 2, 2005 9:47 PM