Sunday- 22miles- 8@7:45, 3@6:15, 7@7:50, 3@6:18, 1 c dn
Embrace the Suck is a phrase I have heard in the military to respond to someone who is complaining. Or as a way of thinking. Like a philosophy for dealing with what you know will be a bad situation. That was my attitude tonight. I know the Jack Daniel's tempo / easy hour/ tempo workouts always hurt. So I figured I might as well REALLY make it so tonight as it will most likely be my last HARD effort here in Egypt.
Thus, rather than an easy 2-3 miles warm up I did 8 miles in 62 minutes. Sucked down a gel, then jogged over to my trusty 1520m road loop for the 3 mile tempo run. I was thinking (wrongly) that I needed to run 5:53 per loop to hit my lactate threshold pace..but should have been aiming for 5:58. anyway I ran well:
3x1520m continuous- 5:54, 6:04, 5:49= 17:47
I was pressing more than I should have and then beginning my "hour jog" I figured out why. I was aiming for a pace that was a bit too quick. I settled into my hour jog at just sub 8:00 miles and really bonked after 4 miles. I stopped to hit a gel and drink some water then did another 3 miles. Then I began round two with 18 miles already in my very tired legs.
3x1520m continuous- 5:55, 6:03, 6:00= 17:58
Wow! That was hard, but actually the second session felt smoother than the first and went incredible well. I actually felt better once I started running the tempo pace than I did just prior. All I could think during the run was: Damn...I am pounding out mile 19, 20, and 21 at a crisp pace, in the June heat of the Egyptian desert....No one else is training this hard! Probably because they are smarter than that.
As I am 4-5 weeks out from race day I am really stressing my body recently. It is endurance time and I am feeling the efforts. I am feeling a lot of little aches/pains right now. In the last 7 days I have run 81 miles with 23 of them at lactate threshold. That is a lot. Come July 21st. 8:30 pace better feel like a cake walk!
So this closes out 365 days on the ground in Egypt. 2,947 miles. Hoped to get 3,000 but just missed it. I am definitely not the same man that came here a year ago. I have dropped about 7 lbs and have increased my fitness multiple levels. But, mentally I am different as well. Hopefully better......I certainly love the USA more. We all should.