Sometimes you just have to have faith and believe in your training to bring you through the tough times. A lesson my body proved to me again! My tempo run this week was fast and powerful, recovery run felt slow and comfortable, and long run unbelievable.
My 10 mile tempo run felt great with a 7:35 mpm pace in hot conditions. I didn’t plan on running this fast, but the moment was right, and the body was ready to be pushed again. My recovery runs have felt easy, but too fast at 8:15 mpm pace. I'm not sure what’s going on here, but I need to dial it back to get the benefit from this type of run. My long run I made a deal with myself that I needed at least 20 miles if I was going to pursue my next race – I did 30. My mind was holding me back, but my body remembered exactly what to do and took over. Everything was in sync, my pace felt comfortable, body strong, and felt great after the 30 mile mark. I could have done more but didn’t want to push it too much with so many light weeks prior to this. My total for the week was 60 miles which is twice what I ran the past few weeks.
Last night I went out for a 5 miler in the dark and it was incredible - No HRM, music, or watch. I just got lost in the moment of hearing myself breath as my muscles responded to the demand. It is such an awesome feeling when you’re in shape, and the feeling of working your body is as natural as breathing.This next week I will get a chance for some runs along the beach in soft sand and ocean breeze. Can’t wait for some sun on these white legs! Bring on spring break.