This morning I went for my run in Prospect Park. Having the day off from school, it was nice not to have to get up around 4 to get the run in just in case my call-in at Disney is a “yes”. On the way over on the subway, I decided that I was going to push myself during this run. Try my best not to drop to a walk, but also listen to my body. Given that I took all of last week off (save Saturday), I want to be sure not to go totally overboard this week and end up back on the DL.
I got 4.57 miles done at an average pace of 11:47. And overall I felt and feel good. I did drop to a walk in a couple of the running intervals, but I kept my walking pace up. This tells me that I really can push the pace more than I have been. And so for the rest of marathon training, I’ve got a plan.
* Midweek runs will be done at a higher pace. But also keeping it steady – other than stride on Thursdays, I’m going to try not to do mid-run surges. The final run interval will be pushed to mimic finishing strong – and also teach my body not to slow down at the end.
* Long runs will have their average pace increased to 12/12:30 minute miles. I think dropping those paces to 13/14 minute miles did have some contribution to the performances in my past two halves. Maybe not a lot of contribution, but some for sure.
* DAILY I will do Coach Jenny’s stretching plan. Work on the flexibility and staying loose!
* XT will go back to Bob Harper’s Butt and Balance and Yoga Abs combo. I may throw in Yoga for the Warrior in addition to something one day a week. But we shall see.
I am ready, and I am focused. I can do this!!!!!
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On another note, I have had a couple of friends tell me about how I’ve influenced them with my running journey. Thank you! It means more to me than I can say. While I certainly didn’t start on this to influence people, it is encouraging to me to know I have – definitely encouraging to me to keep it up!
I get the daily Runner’s World Quote of the Day in my email. And today’s really seemed to fit – in a weird way as it hasn’t really been my goal, but it’s a perk.
“My goal has always been to introduce other people to running. They might accomplish something they never thought they could.” ~ Grete Waitz
Thank you Grete for being!
And thank you to my readers, my family and my friends who continue to encourage me!