I have to share my Junior video, if you are an IG buddy you saw a brief clip of this already :) It is dangerous to leave anything unattended in my house. As you can see, my cats have no fear of me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Training has been rolling along, and I am doing my best to get strength training accomplished each week.
Currently, I am starting to feel super excited and really nervous. The short break from the heat was just enough to help me feel re-energized, and I am feeling much more motivated to train now.
My mileage has been pretty consistent since training started.
Week 1 - 20.75
Week 2 - 20.30
Week 3 - 20
Week 4 - 24.70
Week 5 - 19
Week 6 - 18.95
Week 7 - 22
Week 8 - in progress, I am on track for 23 miles this week.
I am content with the distance I have covered, and the strength that has started to return in those miles. It took weeks before things really started to click! The biggest gain has not been in my pace, but in how I feel when I run.
I spent the first several weeks of training focused on getting my legs tough enough to run back to back days again.
Last week, I decided I needed to incorporate a little speed work into my routine.
I would call last weeks session a fail...it was humid, I could barely push.
I was determined this week to make it happen. It is so dark in the mornings now, I always carry a small flashlight to break a path in the darkness, and sometimes it is still hard to see. The only place with street lights near me is a school, so I decided the bus loop would be a good place to work on speed. I can see, and I can lay my water bottle down and run hands free! Woooot!
My first mile up to the school is a good warm up.
|Happy First Day of Fall|
Regardless, I felt good this morning after I ran. It was wonderful actually...:) to force myself out of my comfort zone, and I do feel like I am making slow progress. ❤ Life is good.
The other thing I have been consistently doing is running a 10K every week. I have carried this streak all summer...the times are finally improving, but SO far, I haven't been able to break that hour barrier...
This was the closest I've come.
I have a little apprehension, I am trying replace with hard work.
I have recaptured the joy running brings me.
I am trying to add to my long runs very slowly.
I am living in my compression socks for recovery.
I am very excited for October.
I have high hopes all the ground work, will smooth the way for a happy race day.
Wishing you all happy trails,
KarenWhat did you do this first day of Fall!?