This week will go in the books as perhaps the highest quality week I have ever done. Monday hosted a 10 miler with 4x1mile @ sub 10K pace. Tuesday hosted 3X (1', 1'15'', 1'30'') hill repeats on a hill with a 10-10.6 grade. Thursday hosted 5x1000m on 400 active recovery @ sub planned 5K pace. Saturday hosted 13 miles @ 7:07 with 3 miles aerobic pace, 3 miles in way sub 19 min, 4 miles aerobic pace, 2 miles in way sub 13, and 1 mile cool down. There were also 3 recovery runs in there, and 2 more tomorrow. My legs continue to impress me, but I think this has more to do with my smart coach. He knows his thing and he has gotten me here progressively. Lets just say that my MAF test in early February was done at 9+mile min/pace. Can you says LOTS of improvement?
The nice thing about how I am training right now is that it is more...pleasant. I am not going all out unless I have a TT, or I need to hit paces in 20+MPH wind (when really I should just slow down, ha!). These workouts are crafted to keep me challenged and motivated, but also to show me that I am getting faster and closer to my goals. It is amazing to me that last year around this time I was chasing a sub 20, and now running a sub 20 seems so easy, and here I am , chasing a sub 19. At 38! Love that! Age is really just a number (BTW, Melanie McQuaid just won Oceanside 70.3 @ 39. Boom!!!).
Last night Chris and I went to see "Hunger Games". I have not read the books. I am a nonfiction type reader and generally stay away from popular fiction books (maybe my loss here, who knows!). The movie was good, but it left me a bit sad. I may be reading too much into this, but I can certainly see us, as a society, 10-20 years from now no longer being satisfied watching "Survivor" or "Fear factor" (OK< I have never watched this one) or other such shows. Could watching people kill each other on a live TV show become the new "reality show" in vogue someday? Perhaps I am just getting old, ha!
And just because, some stats for those with such interests:
Current running streak: 43 days (about 2-4 doubles/week); 435.7 miles. (by the way, I have no streak goals here and could really care less about this).
2012 mileage: 862.3; 7:48 avg pace
March so far: 307.2 mi 36:06:55 7:46 / mi
Things are good!
Building a clock
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