I've just tallied my miles for July: 282! Wow! A record for me.
So I have noticed a pattern with my runs: good speed, OK easy, good hills/progression, awesome progression/sub MP, rough long, rough easy and back again! Hm, maybe I should stick to short distances...
I think I just need to be more patient and less greedy when it comes to my run. Patient in the long runs - understanding that I have not run long in about one year, that I need to start slow (darn ego!), that I am still at the beginning of my training cycle. Less greed during speed/tempo/hills - understanding, for ex., that I don't need to run 10+ secs under MP just because I can and because it feels good. So I'll keep trying.
Next week I will do my first 20 miler! I will be running it with Katie on the marathon course. We will be running 8:20s and I might pick it up to MP for the last 30 minutes if I feel good (or maybe Katie will!). My goal is to get a solid long run in, the first 20+ out of 6! I am also super excited to run with Katie. I like Katie. I admire Katie. She is so nice and tough and strong and she never complains. I like that.
My legs feel good right now. I though I completely trashed them after Saturday's long run, but they recovered! I am grateful that my body can handle as much hard work; I know it is still adjusting to the higher mileage, which will toughen me up for the marathon. I am so happy to be able to take off and run for 90min to 3hours almost every day. I am enjoying the process and I know that if I focus on it rather than only on a specific time goal, I will be OK.
Happy training, that's what's all about:)
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