Just Run

First and foremost….look what my good friend, Carmen, surpised me with yesterday!

Ignore my old-looking hands!

Ignore my old-looking hands!

Seriously…..made my day!  She is such a treasured friend of mine – I love her dearly!!

Training Updates

Since Cowtown, my training has seemed to be hit and miss, but I know it hasn’t been hit and miss. In hindsight, I am somewhat regretting scheduling all these races this Spring.

On one hand, racing breaks up the training cycle and keeps things fresh.  On the other hand, racing creates a lot of tapering and recovery.  Between Cowtown Half at the end of February and Skyline Half, I have something scheduled every 3 weeks.  I am looking forward to  just training after Skyline for several reasons, but first and foremost – summer will be near!  I love training in the summer heat because of the rewards when the temps cool down in the Fall!

All this tapering and recovering along with volleyballing has cramped my style.  I haven’t been consistently doing my stability work (or yoga….or foam rolling), and boy, could I tell during Tuesday’s run.  Luckily, my schedule is evening out (for my life, anyway), and I have already squeezed in yoga and stability work twice this week….and I should be able to get more in before week’s end!

Even though I am struggling to get in my stability and yoga and even though I sometimes feel disjointed in my training, training has been going REALLY WELL.  I am lucky and blessed to have a great coach that balances my workouts so that I am continually improving but not over-training.

Those improvements have been showing up in my speed work.  Mile repeats were on the schedule for Monday and I was DREADING them.  I ate terribly and drank a lot of beer during our Chicago trip, so I was convinced that the track session would be disastrous.  However, I had a goal for mile repeats that I had settled upon after finishing them last time.  I figured I might as well try to hit the goal on the first one and if I fell apart, then I fell apart.

The thing is….I didn’t fall apart.  My strategy going forward is to try to hit my fastest time from the previous workout on my first repeat, then go for negative splits.  I figure that I’ll never know if I don’t try, and I always struggle with where to pace the first one, so why not kill two birds with one stone??

Luckily, it worked!!!! My repeats were 7:44, 7:40, 7:38 – fastest EVER!!  In comparison, 3 weeks ago my mile repeats were 7:48, 7:46, 7:47.  I was VERY proud of my accomplishment – and I’m still in a bit of disbelief!

Wednesday, I was back at it again while Alli was at practice, testing my luck as I ran between waves of storms moving through.  Apparently the first wave of storms produced quite a bit of rain, because the trails at Oak Point were covered with water.  At first, I tried running on the grass around the puddles but then I came upon places where running in the grass didn’t really help.  At that point, I decided it was time to play in the puddles – I figured it would be a nice, slow transition into getting me ready for running through streams for the 50 miler! LOL

I LOVE my Clouds!!  On running shoes are THE BEST, wet or dry!

I LOVE my Clouds!! On running shoes are THE BEST, wet or dry!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Jen

 

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