I hit 67 miles for the week on pretty tired legs! The 3 fast tempo miles on Tuesday (after last Sunday’s long tempo run) just about killed me! My legs still felt dead this morning so when I headed out for my 10 miler with the goal of doing 7 miles at goal marathon race pace (like last week), I didn’t think I could do it. I FORCED myself to just try to hit the pace for one mile. I didn’t quite get it (6:53) but I didn’t die, so I forced myself to do it for one more mile, and didn’t quite do it (6:52). I wanted to give up, but then I realized that today was probably my only chance to get this done, so I decided to dig deep. My mantra was “Work hard NOW.” If I work hard now, then it will help me later. This is my mantra every day, actually, especially having a newborn. The last thing I want to do is laundry, or dishes, when I am SO DAMN TIRED… but… if I slack off even just a bit, then the workload will be huge later. So, I get it done. I got it done. The rest of the 7 tempo miles got faster and faster, and my last two were 6:42!
Monday– Just an 8 mile recovery run at 9:13 pace on the treadmill.
Tuesday– 10 slow miles while Callum was at preschool and then 4 outside miles with 3 at half marathon race pace: 6:29, 6:28, 6:28.
Wednesday– Just a super slow hilly 7 mile treadmill recovery run.
Thursday– 6 8 min miles on the treadmill this morning and then 5 hilly miles outside while Andrew held the little kid fort down!
Friday– Oh man, I have a strong will. I wanted at least 8 miles today but Jesse would NOT nap anywhere except ON me so I ran bits and pieces here and there while he snoozed in the swing, bouncy seat, etc, until I finally hit 8 miles.
Saturday– I took Callum for a 5 mile stroller ride, came home and switched kids/strollers and took Jesse for a 4 mile stroller ride!
Sunday– I warmed up for a mile and then did 7 tempo miles: 6:53, 6:52, 6:47, 6:50, 6:46, 6:42, 6:42 and then 2 cool down miles.
What’s your mantra for running? For life?