This week's stats:
- 80 Miles
- 11M in AM with 5M uphill in 627/647/727/623/618 and then 3M cool down in 630 + 10KM in PM with 10x200m @ 34-35 with Peter and Trevor
- 12M MLR
- 16M with 1M warmup, 5M in 645-650 7M of 3 min on/off for average of 611/619/627/605/611/601/623, 3M at 610/600/550
- 2 doubles / 0 days off
- 1 day in Redding to look at puppies
It's hard to believe that I'm 4 weeks into a new training program; time certainly has flown by. But, after having 5 hard efforts in ~10 days, my body very acutely feels the effects of the legit training. The best example to illustrate how beat up my body feels was my run today, where I shuffled my way through a 4 miler at an average of 830 pace. I couldn't go any faster, unless I gave my body 4 more miles to warmup. If I've learned anything about running competitively over the age of 30, it's that sometimes your body feels like the Tinman from Wizard of Oz, and you need a lil grease to get the body moving again.
I definitely don't care if I have an easy run or three every week. If my body needs it, I take it. So after a couple of strength building workouts on hills, I headed to the Los Gatos Creek Trail on Saturday to get some company on a mixed pace long run. Joining up with probably the most well organized running club in the Bay, Max, Ibet, Jeff and I met with the BURN running group. With the lure of a professional grade photographer, this club convinced 50+ people to show up at 630AM in the morning for a long run. Insane, and AWESOME. It was fun to run with Jay's buddies and to have some much needed company for the run.
Overall, I'm really pleased with how my fitness seems to be progressing. I'm hoping my body continues to handle the stressors of running at such an increased intensity. So long as I focus on the weight lifting, I trust that I'll make it to Wharf to Wharf ready to race.