Good week, so yay. This is my second week at 80-ish miles; next week is a cut-back, since I'm racing a 5K. Then another high week at 80-85 before racing a tune-up half.
We had a break in the humidity, which opened the door for a confidence boosting workout on Tuesday. We were scheduled for 2-3x(1600, 800) - generally one of the tougher workouts for me, since I like to drop the pace a bit on each rep of a workout. For that reason, I prefer workouts with identical length intervals (i.e. 8x800) or downward ladders (2000, 1600, 1200, 800, 400). Pulling back on the pace while shifting from a shorter interval to a slightly slower paced longer interval is hard for me, especially if I'm running the workouts hard.
For this one, I was determined to get the max number of reps done, which meant that I ran the first two sets very cautiously. For the third set, I decided to release the brakes a bit, and was pleasantly surprised to break 6 minutes for the third 1600, without straining or trying to run that fast - it just happened. It's not a particularly ground breaking split - I used to regularly split 1600s in less than 6 minutes. But that was all before I tore my hamstring at the attachment two years ago, and I was also running my workouts a bit too hard back then. This is the first time I've broken 6 for a (almost) mile repeat since I tore my hamstring, and to do it without straining, struggling, or racing the workout (and then to follow it up with a solid 800) was awesome.
The rest of the week was also good. I was a bit disappointed to only do a 5K tempo on Friday. For one thing, though I dread 8-10K tempos on the track like nothing else, I also know that the 30-40 minutes running at 10 mile/half marathon pace does great things for my fitness. I also take a while to find my groove in track tempos, which is fine for longer tempos. But when you've only got 12 or so laps, you have to hit pace pretty quickly. As my splits show below, I was still a bit sluggish the first mile before finding my rhythm. And it probably wasn't a bad thing to do a workout that was out of my comfort zone. (I did whine a bit).
And my weekend was great. I had a good long run on Sunday, but the real highlight was on Saturday, when our cat, Izzie (Isabella) had some visitors.
|Kathy, one of the people from Healing Hands,|
gave me a framed version of this photo,
featuring Izzie and the toys she managed
to steal despite wearing a cone.
And then, after about 9 months in a cone, when the clinic had figured out the combination of medications that controlled her allergies, they let us adopt her. That was in February.
This past weekend, some of the employees at that clinic happened to be in town, and stopped by for a visit. Cue several hours of playing with and spoiling Izzie - they brought two bags worth of new toys.
It was really awesome to meet them (well, except for my sister - I knew her already...) and to have the chance to thank them for trusting us with Izzie.
|Isabella, some of the crew from Healing Hands, and ALL THOSE TOYS.|