A sweet friend sent this to me this weekend -
My training started again on Friday with a 12 mile run. The goal was four miles at 7:30-7:45 pace, then four miles at 7:15, then four miles at 7:30-7:45. I may have been a wee bit excited and my splits were -
7:05, 7:26, 7:16, 7:26, 6:58, 7:02, 7:00, 6:58, 7:04, 7:07, 7:09, 7:25.
Saturday was an easy day, and then the plan for Sunday was 8 miles with 2 miles @ 7:30 pace, 4 miles at 7:00 and then two cool down miles and five strides. It was a tough and hilly run. Splits were - 7:20, 7:25, 6:45, 6:43, 7:00, 6:48, 7:49, 8:14 plus 5x100m strides.
Yesterday was an easy day, and then today the plan was for 10 miles with 2 miles @ 7:30, 6x1 mile repeats at 7:00 with two minute rest intervals, then a two mile cool down. I knew before I started this run that I wanted the mile repeats faster than a 7:00 flat and knew I could do it.
Splits for today were 7:23, 7:20, 6:47, 6:33, 6:38, 6:39, 6:25, 6:16, 7:37, 7:43
This was the MOST fun run I have had in a long time. I felt strong and fast, and even though it was a harder effort the paces came pretty easily and I could have run a few more mile repeats at these paces. I had fun, and for the first time since the Utah Valley disaster I really FELT like I was fast and strong, instead of feeling like I was trying to feel like I was fast and strong.
I have not felt my hip at all the last two days, and I have started back doing a killer core routine (three times a week) and my strength routine (two times a week). It feels good to be back.
Yes indeed. Beast Mode is ON. :)