I'm not sure how the conversation had turned as we winded along the path, from kids to husbands to my post last week. The post, recapping weekly training as I am now, where I whined that my paces weren't improving the way I had hoped.
But, "you aren't getting any slower," Tami reminded me.
Perspective. Delivered on a beautiful early morning run, the way only a friend could. I nodded and agreed, vowing to stop the fussiness and focus on what's important. Relentless forward motion.
Funny thing, though. When I pushed it all aside and just tried to do what I could do and not what I wanted to do, I surprised myself.
The week, in training:
Monday, June 2
Tuesday, June 3
RUN | 6 miles
Time: 54:49 Pace: 9:08
I am so thankful to have a running buddy who keeps me to my word. I realized a couple weeks ago that Tami and I had time to do 6 miles in the morning, rather than 5. I told her and this week, she had me follow through. I am so glad to be busting out of the weekday 4-milers. The run felt good and thought it was hot, I was not really stifled.
Wednesday, June 4
RUN | 6 miles, intervals (2 x 1 mile tempo + 1 mile RP w/400 recovery between each)
Time: 54:10 Pace: 9:02
My goal for this workout was to keep the warm-up and recoveries slow so I could put the effort in the intervals. I think the pressure of this kind of workout settles in the legs, and the warm-ups are always slow going and frustrating. It felt tough to keep even a 9:30 pace. But I told myself to try one mile. As it turns out, it wasn't so bad. Splits: 8:22, 8:18, 7:59. To quote Daily Mile, BOOM SHAKA A LAKA.
CROSS TRAINING | Outdoor boot camp
Stations with weights. If you had to wait for someone to finish, you did jumping jacks. I love jumping jacks. Still.
Thursday, June 5
RUN | 4 miles
Time: 37:18 Pace: 9:19
Easy morning run with my bud Joe. He seemed to float less than a week after a marathon. Amazing! My legs were definitely tired but it was great company.
CROSS TRAINING | Y boot camp
Chaos would be the best way to describe this workout. I alternated between strength and cardio but during each cardio set (a song), I intermittently added lunges, pushups, squats, etc.
Friday, June 6
Two rest days? CRAZINESS.
Saturday, June 7
RUN | 4.1 miles, intervals (5 x 2 minutes with 1 minute recovery)
Time: 35:37 Pace: 8:41
Mark agreed to accompany me for this run, which means we had the stroller with us. I pushed for the first mile or so and he took over for the intervals. I figured it would be the equalizer. My goal was to be around 5K pace for these, or about 8 minutes/mile. I gave up trying to look at the watch for it and just pushed. We sort of fizzled out the last one but the others were strong. I am not sure I would have gone as hard without Mark. Interval paces: 7:31, 7:28, 7:27, 7:29, 7:55
Sunday, June 8
RUN | 10 miles
Time: 1:32:22 Pace: 9:14
The legs were a bit tired on this morning but one of the faster runners in the group kept the pace honest and made me work. I dropped back a bit but just kept trying to stay strong. We ran through a strong rain for a couple miles, and you could hear the feet squish along the trail. The bummer of the workout was a potty break at mile 5 but hey, it happens.