After 4 weeks of steadily increasing mileage with last week at 47 and a 15 day streak going, I decided this would be a cut back week. And it was ..... in quantity. I did take a rest day on Thursday and my total for the week was back down to 40 but honestly I can't say it was an easy week.
It did start off that way with an easy 4 on Monday but then on Tuesday
morning I made a decision to go to the track for a little test. It was a
year ago August that I last set foot on a track and although I didnt go
all out , I put up some decent numbers for a couple of qtrs, a couple
of halves and a mile.
Then I had another great workout on Fun Friday with Laura. This week we
did 5 x half mile. Originally planned on trying for 7:30 pace but we
did them all between 7:16 and 7:24 pace. Oh well, I felt great anyway !
The conditions were ridiculous. Dark and raining, I had to take off my
glasses and with the lights reflecting off the wet asphalt it was very
disorienting and surreal. I just tried to go where she went and hoped we
didn't run into anything ! And yes, it was wicked fun !
Finished up the week with my longest run so far on the comeback trail
with 14 muggy miles. On my previous longer runs I was beginning to
struggle by mile 10 but finally today I felt strong to the end , running
faster the last 3 miles and a negative split overall.
I spent a lot of time thinking about changes this week. Change can be
good. Some changes I look forward to. Others are not so good and
sometimes changes are forced upon us. I have had a few of those this
year and really struggled with them, not understanding why. But in the
end I just had to realize that there was nothing I could do but accept
those changes. It was and is hard but thankfully I have had a couple of
good friends help me through the process.
SO, what does that have to do with a training update and running? Well
for one thing I have along with those changes had a different outlook at
some of the goals I had and the reasons for doing them. In a couple of
cases the motivation and reason for those goals are gone, dead, but from
that new opportunities have opened up. And in other cases totally
unrelated I have been giving a lot of thought to what I really want to
do and achieve in the next year or two as I reach the landark 60 year
old age group later this year.
I'm still thinking and I'm sure I may change, there is that word again,
my mind some more but right now I have an idea what direction I am
leaning towards for 2016. But you will have to wait quite awhile before I
reveal any of those ideas. For now, lets concentrate on what I am doing
first and that is focus on the Derby 50k in November and then get in
the best possible shape for Boston next April. I think that is enough to
focus on and worry about for now ! But stay tuned ! Big things are