I was not excited for this workout, not going to lie.
It’s one of the hardest of the cycle, both physically and mentally. 4x2miles at sub-marathon pace.
Good thing I had recruited Pat (bike) and Craig (running) to help, and Craig had recruited Anders (running) to run part of it with us. What? 3 runners and one biker in small-town Northfield completing an epic marathon-pace workout over the lunch hour? Oh yes – Northfield is the BEST :).
Craig and Anders were able to pull away the last 2 repeats, which was more of a function of me not being able to pick up the pace. But, nonetheless, this workout was a HUGE success. 8 miles of work done at an average of about 6:08 pace – below goal MP!
At first I was a little disappointed as I wasn’t able to hit my times for this cycle. But I looked back at my Grandma’s ’11 cycle to see that this workout was on par, if not stronger, than what I had ever done before Grandmas.
Plus, when I actually slowed to MP (6:12), it felt EASY.
Granted, after about 18 miles I know it won’t feel easy, but at least it feels smooth and effortless for a couple of miles now! It gives me confidence that a Chicago qualifier might be possible :).
Now – time to continue to hydrate, sleep, and run FAST! 2.5 weeks until Chicago, 5.5 weeks until ING New York!! Yikes!!
Dang girl you OWNED that run! I did a similar run (and was super nervous going into it) of 3 x 3m at 6:50 pace, but it was on the treadmill because it's still wicked hot here. I know I've said it before, but you really are an inspiration!!! Can't wait to see what you can do 🙂
hey nice post meh, I love your style of blogging here. this post reminded me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: What Most People Wish .
keep up the good work friend. I will be back to read more of your posts.