Friday, August 31, 2012

I'm a good student (week 2 & almost week 3 done)

I'm way behind on blogging here I guess. I've composed plenty of posts in my head. Wish that counted.

I finished week 2 of training and have my long run left for week 3. Week 3 has been a DOOZY, but Carrie warned me it would be.

When I saw some of the paces she wanted me to hit this week, it looked impossible. But I was willing to try because in the last few years I've found that I'm usually capable of more than I think I am.

But first, here was week 2's training:

I took a rest day after my 8-miler.

Tuesday, 8/21: Tempo run. 1 mile warm, 9:03, 8:56, 1 mile cool. This felt pretty hard, but I pushed and got the times I wanted.

Wednesday, 8/22: Cross-training. 30 minutes, Insane Abs.

Thursday, 8/23: Rest day. Also at the beach with the kids, which meant a lot of walking, jumping waves etc. I like to think of this as cross-training too.

Friday, 8/24: Progressive run. 9:56, 9:50, 9:56, 9:30, 8:49. My last mile was crazy because a lady almost hit me, then a little dog ran out into the street barking at me and chasing me!

Sunday, 8/26: 10 miles, average pace 10:27. 1.15 mile cool down. Overall I felt pretty strong on this run. It's helping so much to have someone to run with. There were a few times I was tempted to slow down, but I pushed through it because I knew I could!

This week has been pretty high in mileage and fast in pace. But I did 2 tempo miles (with .25 recovery) that were just over 8:30, which is SO FAST compared to my normal speeds.

Yesterday I headed out for a "hilly route" and tried to push up the hills I ran instead of slowing down. My average pace was well under 10:00 for the 4 mile run. I was pushing, but I wasn't going all out--but that's one of my fastest "by feel" runs. EVER.

Tomorrow morning I'll be running 12 miles. It is crazy to me that my 3rd long run of this training cycle is already 12 miles and the race is 13.1. But I know that's how you get faster, that's how you take time off your pace, that's how to get stronger. I am so thankful that I am strong enough and have enough base to follow this challenging plan.

Next week is supposed to be easier, but I also understand I should attempt a race-pace run of 5-6 miles. Which means the 9:00 region. It will be challenging, but I am willing to give it a try.

This past week as I've gone out for these harder runs, part of me is scared and feels like I won't be able to hit the paces. But I have, pretty much every time. And as I've thought through this on my runs, I've been reminded that I am by nature a good student. I'm not a genius by any means but I always got pretty good grades (except for math--my nemesis!).

I get good grades (hello "A" in a 5-unit chem class, while working almost full-time and mothering 3 kids) because I am a good student. I complete assignments and homework. I do assigned reading. I prepare for tests and quizzes. I pay attention in class and take notes. Simply being a good student gives you a huge advantage in a class.

It's the same with running. I am a good student of running. If Carrie thinks I can hit a pace and gives me the assignment, I will go out and give it my all. During this weeks tempo run, I didn't hit the max of 8:50 she gave me (I ran 9:07). I was a little bummed, but I KNEW going in to the run that my legs were tired from the mileage and heavy week. And I KNEW I gave it my all, so 17 seconds over was still ok.

Being a good student pays off in school, and in running.

I'll be back in a few days with a more detailed wrap-up of this week and my 12-miler.

Get an extra run in on this holiday weekend! (for you U.S. citizens!)