This Sunday I did 10x30 second pick-ups w/30 second recoveries, one "easy" Strawberry Hill ascent, and finished it all off with 2.88 miles of MP (8:51). I sort of like the idea of doing short, fast, hard efforts and finishing off with MP miles to learn what that pace feels like on tired legs.
Tuesday: 10 miles, including 8 miles @ 8:28 pace; This is the hardest workout I ever do on my current plan. Eight miles is a long way to go at an aggressive pace. I tried to look at it in chunks but got a little psyched out mentally before the run even started. I could feel some deep fatigue in my legs from the get-go and had to work harder to keep my pace (my goal was sub-8:30). I didn't hit the same tempo pace I did the last two weeks, but given my harder workouts lately I am really happy with this run.
Wednesday: 8 miles @ 9:48; My legs were super dead this morning. Super dead. I guess all those faster miles caught up with me. It was pretty much all I could do to keep running, but I still managed to keep up my normal recovery pace. I love how these long recovery runs the day after hard workouts teaches my mind that I can run a fairly long time on tired legs. I find it amazing every Wednesday morning how they feel so heavy but just keep trucking.
Friday: Well, I've had some strange, niggling issues in my left leg for a few weeks which are at the point I realize they aren't just going to go away. I probably could have gone out and run my 20 miles today but I decided to play it smart and take the day off. I'm postponing the 20 until Monday or Tuesday of next week. Pushing the long run out a few days did miracles for my recent calf issue, so I'm hoping it will do the same for this quad thing. It is hard for me to do stuff like this, but I'm trying to save a few weeks of quality running by sacrificing a few days of it now. RG mentioned how it was nice I was getting faster and not getting injured. Not true, I'm always dealing with this or that. I feel like I've always got something bugging me, and once one thing heals another thing flares up. Boo. I've got an appointment with a sports chiro today and will probably start seeing someone regularly for maintenance down the road.
I took a photography workshop last week. This was one of the photos up on the wall that the teacher had snapped. I was mesmerized by the darn thing. Something about it made me want to jump right into the picture and go for a run. It was for sale. $1200. Boyfriend says I can snap my own foggy shot somewhere.
I have a question for everyone: I am planning on taking part in an indoor marathon in January. You basically run a kazillion laps around an indoor track until you run 26.2 miles. I know it sounds like torture, but these events get RAVE reviews. Supposedly they are tons of fun because you see all the other runners and you get a cheering section every single lap (plus an aid station and bathroom every lap, too!). So my dilemma is this: The event I am looking at has the marathon on Sunday and also a half marathon on Saturday. Just like the Goofy Challenge you run the half Saturday, the full Sunday, and you get a third medal for doing them both.
Initially I was all in for this Gold Challenge of a half and a full. But I am starting to have some reservations. I'm sure the full will be fun, but I'm not 100% sure doing a half AND a full on an indoor track would be quite as exciting. At Goofy you get to run through the parks which I adore so that makes me pumped to run two days in a row. I'm not sure an indoor track has that sort of allure. At the same time, I'm flying my butt to Wisconsin and there won't be much else to do except run these races. And I'm not planning on setting any PR's at any event so what's an extra 13.1? On the other hand, I've done the Goofy Challenge three times so not sure there is anything to accomplish or prove to myself here.
Registration opens soon so I have to make up my mind pronto. Any input?