In spite of being on the treadmill more than I like this past week, I put in a solid week of training, running a total of 80 miles. This will be my second training cycle logging 80 or more miles in a week. It took several years to build up to this level of mileage, and although I am feeling very good right now, my gut tells me adding much more in terms of mileage might not yield much of a return on my investment.
So let's talk about my work outs for the week. Tuesday was a hilly 12 mile run, with the middle 60 minutes spent running up and down hill. My goal was to maintain an even pace, so my uphill climbs required more work to maintain my pace, and the down hill portions felt like a breeze. Thursday was a repeat of a progression run that I completed a few weeks ago. After a four mile warm up, I started at 7:40 pace and over the next seven miles worked my way down, finishing my last mile in 6:40. I finished with a two mile cool down, for a total of 13 miles. In the past I haven't spent much time running faster than my marathon pace, so it's safe to say this is challenging for me, both mentally and physically. I think I have mental hang up with any mile that starts with a six. For the longest time I felt that way about any mile in the seven minute range, and after spending enough time in that pace range, it faded. I hope the same will be true for miles in the six minute range. So much of running is mental, and it's very easy to let your mind get in the way of your progress. My Saturday long run was my favorite type of long run: 22 miles at an easy pace, just getting in time on my feet. This was my first long run as a 40 year old, so I felt compelled to celebrate with a new pair of Hoka Clifton 3's!
As I mentioned in my last post, I celebrated my 40th birthday this past Friday, although it's safe to say I celebrated all weekend. My day started out coaching classes and I was treated to a surprise party organized by my friends who get up so early to get their work out in and make my job seem not like a job at all. They truly went all out with the cake, flowers, balloons, wine, and an extremely generous gift that I will use to buy my Boston Marathon jacket.
The rest of the weekend was spent with family and friends - my husband, daughters, and parents made this a truly memorable birthday. I am very thankful for all of the wonderful people I have in my life.