Have I mentioned on this blahg of mine that I'm incredibly happy I'm only training for half marathons right now? Not sure if I have or not. My running buddies have heard nothing but constant glee coming from my mouth during runs regarding how incredibly happy I am that I'm not doing 16 or 20 milers.
It's seven weeks until that goal PR at Oz comes around, I'm feeling fairly ready. The speedwork is definitely making me sore. The kind of sore that I haven't felt in years (unless you count after a marathon), muscle sore, like I've gone and lifted weights. Please note, I never lift weights. It's not my typical and constant aches and pains from knotted calves, it's just plain muscle soreness. And I like it. I thought it was the Yoga last week since I hadn't been in two weeks. Then realized it was most likely the seven miles of tempo run I pounded out last Thursday.
I'm still a little sore. Again, just muscle soreness. In fact my typical and constant calf/shin pain has disappeared this week. Despite an 11 mile run at a decent pace on our "hilly" route with the last two miles at a faster pace. And all the speedwork, which usually aggravates the constant shin/calf issues even further. My new running plan doesn't seem to be doing anything other than making my quads and calf muscles sore. I can handle sore quads and calves over the incessant shin pain and knots. In fact it's almost a relief.
*In fact, here's a picture I took on our 11 mile run on Sunday. It was really, really foggy here, and I loved it. So peaceful and so wonderful to run in. Pretty.*
That's all I've got for last week's training. Although, I realized I should probably actually sign up for all of these races I have coming up at some point... right.
Week 6 of Training:
Monday = 2 miles and killer spin class
Tuesday = 5.5 miles with a mile of hills
Wednesday = Yoga
Thursday = 7 mile tempo with 5 @ 8:06 (success. i didn't feel like throwing up.)
Friday = Rest
Saturday = Rest
Sunday = 11 miles with last two at a faster pace
Total miles = 25.5
February Total Miles = 64.5
This mileage is so much lower than I was planning on, but I don't really care. Plus I was on vacation for more than a week of February. So, meh. Excuses, excuses.