TITLE: What a Difference...
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: August 30, 2009 6:28 PM
... two weeks can make.
Then: I do the second week of 4x800m repeats.
My times are in the target range, but on the high end.
The recoveries are slow and hard. I feel bad for
several days afterward.
Now: I do a second week of 5x800m repeats.
My times are fast, even below the target range. The
recoveries are steady, controlled, and in good time.
I am tired that day but otherwise feel good.
Then: I run a
in rain, wind, and then steamy sun. The run starts
badly and gets worse. It is a challenge just to
finish. My time is slow, and I feel bad for several
Now: I run a 16-miler under a cool sun, with
a gentle northern breeze. The run starts on stiff
legs but feels good within a mile or so. I feel a
spring in my step at 8 miles. I give my pace a
little bump at 12 miles. For the last mile, I finish
strong and steady, even a little faster. Overall, I
run 30 seconds per mile faster than last time. I am
tired and stiff, but mentally I feeling good.
Then: 39 miles. I am not sure I will be able
to go much higher in the coming weeks.
Now: 40 miles. I'm feeling like I might want
to throw in an extra mile in the coming week, though
caution talks back. The thought of 18 miles next
Sunday sounds like a challenge, not a punishment.
A couple of weeks ago, I must have had a cold or some
other bug that slowed me. I've recovered. Right now,
I am wondering how to get more sleep. This good habit
is coming back more slowly than other training habits.
Mostly, though, I feel hope.