It’s Monday. I know. We have to power through this. I started out with an easy 3 miler (threasy) and a cup of coffee with Lil’ Code. It’s not a bad way to get the week started. My title is from a song this week. Show me how smart you are and guess it.
I’m currently training for something and also nothing. I haven’t signed up for a marathon, but I’m getting ready just in case. After some time running to run, I longed for structure and goals. Now I have them. Let’s recap week 1…
Easy Monday – Planned, 3 miles/Actual, 3 miles
Easy days are supposed to be easy. These miles weren’t tough, but they could have been easier. The goal is 60-90 seconds slower than my marathon pace, but these miles averaged just under 8:00/mile. I’ll blame it on the Day 1 excitement!
Easy Tuesday – Planned, 5 miles/Actual, 5 miles
Ran these with Wade and Lil’ Code. Having company helped me hold the proper pace (8:40/mile), which would have been easy if not for the SUFFOCATING HUMIDITY. We had hoped for coffee, but just didn’t quite have time. Bummer.
Easy Wednesday – Planned, 3 miles/Actual, 3 miles
This run was with Alissa and Wade. Honestly, my week doesn’t feel right if I don’t have coffee with these two at least once. Luckily, there was time for this one. So far I’ve learned that I’m much better at pacing with friends than alone. The main reason that I picked the training plan that I did (Higdon Advanced 1) is that it allows a few runs a week at easy paces and fairly short distances. That means they can be social! 🙂
Thursday – Planned, 3x hill repeats/Actual, Cross Training/No Running
Well, it only took 4 days for me to deviate from my training plan. I had planned to cross-train on Monday and Wednesday since those are the short run days, but I messed that up. A combo of my workout kicking my butt and stuff going on right after work made me decide to blow off the hill repeats and move them to the following morning.
Friday – Planned, Rest/Actual, 3x hill repeats
Hill repeats are a healthy combo of horrible and awesome. I have a great hill in my neighborhood to use. The grade is steep, but you can run up it. It’s about a quarter mile long. I didn’t realize just how much I missed these things. I’m excited to hit the hill at least once every few weeks. I’ll get stronger, if I don’t die.
MP = Marathon Pace
This is a tough one. I’ve come to the realization that I’m not the runner that I was before tearing my Achilles. That’s ok. However, I seem to refuse the idea of setting a marathon pace goal of anything slower than a BQ. That means a goal of 3:15 and a per mile pace of 7:15. That’s pretty lofty for me at the moment, but I’m optimistic that I’ll work my way into it. Should I set a slower goal or should I go for it?
I stayed in the ballpark of my goal pace for the first 4 miles, but couldn’t hang on for mile 5, so it ended up being more of a cooldown. Eh, it’s week 1. I’ll do better next week.
Long Run Sunday – Planned, 10 miles/Actual, 10 miles
My watch quit on me at mile 6, so I had to guess on the pace for the last 4. This run went REALLY well. I had plenty of company with running buddies (and runemies) Robbie, Ed, Jen and Katie. It got a little faster than I wanted to go at times, but I resisted the urge to get caught up in that. I felt like I definitely could have gone longer. That’ll be next week.
I can’t say how happy I am to be back at it with week one in the books. People keep asking what I’m training for and it’s so weird to say that I don’t know. I have a couple of ideas, but until I sign up they don’t mean anything.
I’m running pretty confidently now, but there must be some small part of me that still thinks about the injury. I had a dream last night that I was watching myself run (not sure how that’s possible) and as I was racing ahead and passing some runners I went down hard. I tried to crawl off the course and had to be carried. I woke up panicked. Alright dream interpreters, let’s hear some theories.