I didn’t feel like blogging last week because I ended the week with another long run in which I struggled to get past a few miles.
Anyway, this week was better.
I thought perhaps my complete lack of strength training was causing me problems, so I biked to the gym to lift a little. I intended to bike for much longer after that but I was actually cold–cold! So I just took the short way home.
Ran a little further than I normally would to try to get my confidence back up. The run was a good one. I know the temps in the high 50s helped.
Swam, and tried not to take many breaks at the edges of the pool. I did 50 laps in 30 minutes.
Decided to do a speed workout, something I haven’t done in weeks.
Pace run at Grant’s trail. Given my struggles with the 10-10:30 group, I wasn’t sure what pace to try, but I went with the 9:45-10 group and hoped for the best. I intended to do 6-8 miles depending on how I felt. Everyone did a mile warm up and then we were off. It was humid but felt cool to me so I was cautiously optimistic. The only person in our group who was going past 6 miles was our pacer Jill. I still felt good at the 3 mile mark so I stuck with her until 4 miles, where we turned around. At one point we crossed a small bridge and she said that we’d just passed a snake. I looked back and saw a black snake about an inch in diameter coiled around the bridge, right next to where we’d run. !!!!
I was glad to have Jill to run with because it is a lot harder to quit on one person than it is to just fade away from a big group. If I’d been alone I probably would have stopped at 6 but I was able to keep going for the full 8. I kept telling myself to focus on the mile I was in. For the last couple miles I focused on points just ahead of us and when we reached those I focused on new ones. Whatever works.
Jill’s a fantastic pacer. That 9:51 mile included time spent stopping for bikes when we turned around, so that mile was likely 9:45 too. On the last mile Jill said we were going a little fast and we could slow down a bit. I said “great!” because it was feeling hard then but apparently we didn’t slow down much since that was our fastest mile.
Happy to be done!