Endless Mountain workout today on the treadmill. I ran at 10:20/mile (I think) and increased the incline .5 every two minutes until I was about ready to hurl. I jumped off at 40 minutes, 9.5 incline, which basically puts me where I was last year while I was training for Big Sur. Sweet.
Yup. 13. On some rain-swelled trails. Can trails be "rain-swelled"? Hmmm, not sure, but I am sure that I ran pretty strong, and except for the twisted ankle crossing a stream, I emerged relatively unscathed. I don't have my running watch on me, but let's be honest- who cares how long it took me?
Yesterday, I ran 12, 1 minute repeats on the treadmill at the gym. They began around 7:00/mile pace, and ended with a 5:45/mile repeat. All in all, I felt like I should have started with faster repeats. I don't feel like I ran hard enough, but it's tough for me to roll out of bed, and do speed work with no breakfast in me.
I love running in the rain. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the looks I get, or the fact that it feels like you're not "supposed to". Whatever the reason is, I love it. I really love running on trails in the rain, but today, I just had to run an easy 6, so I did so on the roads. At some point, I didn't start my running watch again, and so the distance was off. In reality, I ran close to 7 miles and averaged better around 8:15-:20/mile.
I didn't feel all that great during the run. My sinuses were giving me some problems. It could be all the rain that's headed our way. I was happy with the final results, though. 10 miles in 1:18. I averaged 7:47/mile. My legs got kinda heavy in the latter stages, but I'm happy with the run.
Yesterday, I ran a 4 mile negative split on the treadmill at the gym. I had caught a bit of a cold, or maybe it was allergies, I'm not sure, but I took Tuesday and Wednesday off from running. I'm glad I did. I felt good running the negative split yesterday, even though I ran it first thing in the morning. I ran a 1/2 mile warmup, then the first two miles were run at 8:00/mile pace, and the last two were run at 7:24/mile. It wasn't easy, but it was done. Tomorrow brings a 10 mile time trial run.
Yesterday's 15 miler became 16 while I was trying to compensate for the earlier lack of mileage in the week. I averaged about 9:30/mile. My gps watch read "12.36" in the mileage field when I felt the cement being poured into my legs.
I was exhausted last night. That run really kicked my ass.
Thursday, I was supposed to do an easy 1 hour, with no less than 7 miles. Instead, I had to squeeze in 4 miles, and so, I ran them in the sub 8:00/mile zone. Tomorrow? 15 mile road run scheduled, but I may opt for the trails instead. Oooh, so rebellious!
Last night, after a day full of auditions, I ran a 6 mile progressive run on the treadmill. I began with the first mile being run at 8:30/mile and dropped about 8-12 seconds per mile after that. I ended with the last mile being split up a bit. The first 3/4 mile being run at 7:45/mile, and the last quarter being run at 7:30/mile. All in all, I felt pretty good, especially given I tacked the run on the end of a busy day. Perhaps it was the chocolate turtles I ate before the run that fueled me to a good result. I would have added a bit of weights to the equation, but we had someone coming over for dinner and I had to get home.