Training for 2008… smarter… faster…stronger…focused! Goals I hope to obtain and build from this year.
This week has been crazy but successful. For the first time in a year I have begun speed work again. My Ultra times reviled a need for this so the dirty work must be done. Speed work one week and hill work the next would be the rotation and focus each week. As I began my first speed session my body and mind was fighting it every step….until I began. Following a warm up I began and strangely something was awakened inside of me with each step of this drill and I pressed on to see what I could do. It went something like this….. 2 minutes @ 8:17 pace… 2 minutes @ 9:30 pace for recovery. I think I can do more…2 minutes @ 8:09 pace… 2 minutes @ 9:30 pace. After a few cycles I pushed for just a bit more… 2 minutes @ 8:00 pace… 2 minutes @ 9:30 pace. I would repeat this several times until I hade completed 4 miles of this. It was great.
Last night I ran 7 miles out in this bitter cold until the light was no more. I planned my run to end at the Sports Club and finished my last 3 miles for a total of 10 miles with the same speed drills as I did the day before. I was drained but satisfied with my work.
Yoga continues to get better and better. It is both relaxing yet challenging. Twice a week for an hour each time. Must remember to wear the right shorts or pants in this class. Short running shorts do not work. When your butt is hanging out it is never good.
Tomorrow morning is 20 miles on the trail. Temps will be bitter and cold again but if the wind remains calm we should be fine.