Thurs: 6 miles- 50min with 8 x striders of 80-300m
Friday- 16miles- 2:00 - 60min at 8:00, 60min at 7:00 pace
Ugh! Let me tell you runs like today are interesting. I feel simultaneously happy and sad. Happy that I continue to tough out sensible (but TOUGH) workouts that are going to make me faster, stronger, and a better runner. But also sad because that 2nd hour of running on the treadmill today was tough. And it is hard for me mentally to think that an hour at 7:00 mile pace can be that difficult. Am I not the guy that could run 20 miles at 6:05 pace?.......yes, I am, but that WAS 10 years ago. Damn! Aging and slowing is hard to accept sometimes.
Going back to the positive:
Yesterday's run... I really felt fast. First time in a long long time that I can honestly say that. Now I have no track here and no real way of measuring my speed. I'm sure I am not breaking 30 sec for 200m, but I am now running smoothly, fluidly, and with a feeling of control. It has only been two months since I really started any speedwork so I am very encouraged. The striders did NOT feel like this a month ago.
Today"s Run: Now it might have only been 16 miles in 2 hours, but I did run the last hour at 7 min pace (my calculated marathon pace at my current fitness level)...and although my mind still remembers 10 years ago when I pretty much never ran SLOWER than 7 min miles... it is still 7 min miles. Three Months ago I could not have done today's workout. And looking ahead, if I keep banging out runs like this one, the improvement curve will have to continue to slope upwards. Now I am not deluding myself thinking that come July I'll be cracking 16 min 5k's and running tempo runs under 6min mile pace again. But, I should be a heck of a lot closer to that than I am today.
I just like the way I am feeling and the direction I am heading.
Hey good luck shout out to all those running in two of the biggest and best 50 milers tomorrow: the Bull Run Run in my beloved VA, and the American River 50 in CA.