Yep, I actually did. My legs I don't think really recovered from that 16 mile Saturday run/race. The race had hills, steps, sand, hills etc... and pavement, and I needed new shoes. So needless to say I really had sluggish legs last week. I woke up Monday morning early, and the legs didn't feel good again. It was one of those mornings where I was up at 3 or 4 even though I had the day off. Yes I do this on my own for some reason. I am up at 3:something again. :) I almost don't feel like blogging either, can you imagine? What is going on with me? I must really be in vacation mode.
So after some coffee and reading I decide to go for my run. BTW I am reading Anne Frank again. Didn't finish it last time if you remember. She was such a remarkable young girl. My plan is to do my 8 mile loop. When I hit my 8 mile turn around, I was like screw it might as well do 9. As I am at mile 7 I realize, crap my legs are doing pretty good now. In my mind I remember a little route I have. It is a 1.25 mile route, which actually is 1.27, but I just put 1.25. I think to myself I have not done that repeat in a few years. I used to do one as a warm up and 4 @ 2 minute rest. I decide since my legs are good to do a couple of those. This isn't an easy repeat, as a matter of fact this route has most of the steep hill we use at the start of Fall marathon training. When I turn off the hill, I still have to climb. I expect it is around 200 M climb in this route. Pretty steep too. After the climb there is some downhill, which helps the recovery, and at the end just a bit of an incline. I think the 200M climb may take 5-10 seconds off the pace maybe??? who knows??
Anyway the first one I went out too fast... forgot how hard that hill section was. I did the route in 9:18. SHEESH usually did that route in low 10:00's, but like I said that was a few years ago. The second one I went out more conservatively, and planned on finishing strong. The plan went fine. It hurt, and it was freaking hard. My time on the 2nd one was 9:17.
If nothing I am happy to say on a planned 8 mile day, I went over 9 miles, and added two hard 1.25 mile repeats. More than planned and good legs. Being off this concrete is nice!!! :) Most of the time my longish Monday runs are after work.
Still some concerns, the 9 miler was 9:03 pace, I would have liked it to be like 8:40. Am I slower than this spring??? or is it just running with people makes us faster. I don't push on my long runs, but can still get a gauge for how fast I am by how fast/slow those runs are. The repeats were 7:25ish. Is it the hill? I'd like that to be lower in the 7:00s, or is it just the 9 mile warm up, or both. Not sure, I still have plenty to worry about.
That is it for today!!! :)
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