Three more weeks until Oz. After being sick and running so very little I've had my doubts about the race. However, after running a "still-not-100%-coughing-my-lungs-out-scare-the-crap-out-of-other-people-in-the-gym" tempo run last Thursday my confidence is restored. At least I know I can keep a decent PR pace for 7 miles.
Despite being sick I had my fastest tempo run to date. I was stunned. Apparently taking time off of running, being sick, and the need to blow off some steam = good fuel for my tempo's. Really there isn't much to report on my running week, it was still a moderate attempt to get back in the game. I'll take my three runs, my lingering cough and congestion and go after it again this week.
I'm excited and really nervous about tackling my longest/hardest speedwork to date this week: 10 miles, with 5 x one-mile repeats at a 7:20-ish pace. If I do it fully I'll be amazed, but it's something to shoot for. And even if I don't hit every mile, it will be such a gratifying feeling to accomplish my longest set of speedwork yet.
Lastly, the fact that Edders and I spent the weekend at Lake Tenkiller (in Oklahoma) at my in-laws and I ended up sleeping an unprecedented (for me) 10 hours a night was an indication that I clearly needed some quiet time away from the insanity that has been our life lately. So I'm back today. Well rested, well fed, 90% better and ready to focus the next three weeks on kicking some running tail!
Week 10 of training:
Monday - Kept by force from working out
Tuesday - 1 Mile walk with Milo (my dog)
Wednesday - Yoga
Thursday - 3 Miles and Yoga
Friday - 7 Miles Tempo - 3 at 7:54, 2 at 8:00
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - 10 Miles