Sunday, February 16, 2014

TCM Training Week 1 Recap

2/10: Rest
2/11: 4 miles + 4x20 strides (Total: 4.5 miles, 40min. 8:52 pace)
2/12: Rest
2/13: 6 Miles ttl (2mi wu, 3@GHMP, 1mi cd) - 54+min (9:05 pace)
2/14: Rest
2/15: 8 Miles ttl (1mi TM - 9:18 pace). Easy 7 Mi outside, 1:12 
2/16: 4 Miles + 4x20 strides (Ttl: 37 min. 8:45 pace)

Week 1 Total : 4 Days Run, 22 Miles. 3 days Rest

Weeks. 1 down, 11 more to go! 

I was not so secretly dreading this week, because by now everyone knows what training time means.

Training = 4AM.


It's been months since I've woken up regularly to do anything other than pee and go back to bed. But when the alarm went off on Tuesday, I was exhausted ready. I figure I could ease into the training with 4 easy miles, right? Right.


I made it through the four miles, and then felt justifiably smug the rest of the day. *I* had already gotten my sweat on and my endorphins flowing before some people's alarm had even gone off.

Wednesday's plan was to rest or run 3 miles, and I had every intention of running, and yet... the temptation to rest, it is always so strong!

Thursday's early wake up was a little harder than Tuesday, but I chalk that up to an eternal work week and my MIL general home busy-ness. 

Friday was Valentine's Day, so I rested!

That's not true. I just like resting.

Saturday was exciting and new because I finally stopped being weird about running with my fit, athletic neighbor friend and just did it. And you know what? 

It was fantastic!

I can't believe I waited so long to accept her many invitations to run together. Admittedly, I have been very intimidated to run with anyone other than JB, and have been especially nervous about running with D, since she is a seasoned runner with a full marathon already under her belt, and she works out regularly and played college basketball, so I know she is in very good shape. We kept the pace very easy, and just chatted and chatted for 7 easy miles. The time flew by faster than any other time I've run with anyone, even with JB. My plan called for 8 miles and hers for 7 (she's training for the same race!) so I ran 1 warm up mile on the treadmill before I picked her up. 

We started off reaaal slow and steady. And kept it slow and steady. Reaaaal slow. Reaaal steady.  I think neither of us cared about pace, but focused on keeping moving and mostly, catching up on life!

I think my Garmin was confused because it's been a very long time since my miles have been that slow but like I said, I didn't care. There is something to be said about just taking your time and enjoying the miles. And that we certainly did. We already made plans to run together for our long runs next Saturday, and I can't wait!

So, week 1, I"m done with you. Tomorrow is a Rest: XT or Core day and I definitely think I'll keep it light. My left hip is feeling a little tight, so I'm typing this right now while sitting with an ice pack wedged under my butt.  Multitasking at its finest. 

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