I'm on a roll.
Here's some music for the soundtrack of this bloop. You can play it in the background as you read.
After Saturday's surprise 10K PR (race report here
if you missed it), I felt pretty darn good! No post-race soreness or
fatigue. Still beaming with the afterglow of my result. Normally I would
take a day off after a 10K, but I went back out Sunday to add some
miles, since I am building up for marathon base-building. The idea was
to take it slow and just get some junk miles in.
I did my
local wood chip trail run. 8.4 miles, of which 7.7 of it was on wood
chips. Mostly flat, soft, easy day, right? I wore my trail shoes. I
figured to keep it around 9 minute pace, or at least above 8:30. Well, I
felt just fine from the get-go. No tired legs. And I tend to just speed
up if it feels good...
along feeling good! Hooweee! When I feel this good, I tend to start
making big plans. Thinking I should add MORE miles, MORE races, faster
PRs...I am invincible!
I took a day off, and Tuesday I did my usual group run, which normally
becomes a progression run as I chase others in our group. On this day
however, other people were doing the chasing. Back on a hard surface and
wearing my Hoka Cliftons, I again felt surprisingly good from the
start, and just let the ponies run...
I wasn't really working that hard either! A good comfortable hard, but
some left in the tank. More endorphins and happy rainbow thoughts.
Cruising those last two miles at 7:30 I thought, "Maybe I can do a whole
marathon at this pace - shoot for 3:20 - why not?" and had a big smile
on my face all through the post-run beer and dinner with the group.
felt good on Wednesday. Legs still feel fresh somehow. So I headed to
the track for my interval group. I was ready to throw down whatever they
wanted to throw at me. And it was a doozy of a workout! Total of 8
miles with 4 miles of it very fast! Here are the deets for you track
3 lap warmup
4 laps of straights and curves, meaning fast strides for 8x100 with jogging curves
800 at 10K pace - 3:23. 1 lap jog
3x400 at 1 Mile pace with 100 jog - 88, 87, 85. 1 lap jog
1200 at 5K pace - 4:49 (6:25 pace) 1 lap jog
4x400 at 1 Mile pace with 100 jog - 91, 91, 87, 88. 1 lap jog
800 at 5K pace - 3:11
3 lap cooldown
7 fast 400s (sub-6 pace), 2 800s and a 1200, plus 8x100. It was fun. I
felt like bailing for the last several but I kept walking up to the line
and knocking them down. Beast mode.
Still feeling good,
but tired, so I'm thinking I'll take two days off before I tackle a long
weekend. For 12/13/14 I'm thinking 12.13 goat miles Saturday and 14
miles on Sunday.
Life is good.