It's been almost a week since the last post - been a little busy. The rest of the week went down as follows:
Wednesday saw a return to the gym for the first time in I don't know how long (great to be back) followed by a nice steady 5-miler. Thursday's run was about 6.5 miles at a slightly easier pace, and Friday was 4.5 miles at a good steady clip.
Saturday was the threshold workout which wound up being nothing more than a 2-mile run at 5:46 pace. (4-miles w/ warm up and cool down)
Sunday was supposed to be the long day, but the weather was lousy and I felt like taking a break - so a big fat zero for Sunday.
This week sees the return of the long interval sessions (finally!) Tuesday's workout is going to be a bear, but I'm really looking forward to it. It's been too damn long since I've run at a halfway decent pace. Threshold running is difficult because of the length of the runs vs the short rests - but the fact of the matter is, 5:40 pace puts me squarely in no-man's land: Too fast to be comfortable, too slow to be fun. (as a result I can't say I enjoy those sessions much)
Of course long intervals hurt like hell and I'm sure I'll be hating it about halfway through every single session I do - but at least I'll feel like I'm out of "base mode" and finally training once again to run middle distance races. (although it's been difficult to tell w/ my non-racing history, that really is the point of this whole thing!)
Wed, 3/18: lifting (upper-A, light legs, abs) stretching, rolling
PM 5-miles @ 6:52 pace
Thurs, 3/19: 6.5 miles @ 6:59
Fri, 3/20: 4.5 miles @ 6:45
Sat, 3/21: 4 miles including 2-miles tempo @ 5:46 pace (if you can call it that - just 2 lousy miles)
Sun, 3/22: Off (unscheduled) Weather sucked, felt I'd rather take a break. (for shame!!)