T-4 Weeks: Speed, By-Product of Form and Distance
More healthy food: check! Less wine….hahaha….ah well, one step at a time. I have noticed that I can maintain a faster pace now comfortably. ChiRunning teaches first FORM, then DISTANCE, then SPEED…and speed is appearing to be a natural by-product of the first two at this point in my training! I feel solid in this new and improved form, with the aches and pains pretty much gone (including my low back!). I’ve covered these distances now several times, and speed is really starting to come through, naturally. Kind of nice to turn off the pace updates, enjoy running the distance, and realize you crushed your old pace.
Spa day – epsom salt bath ahhhh….
6 Strides over 9.5km. Legs were a bit heavy after 30km on Sunday. Had to reach deep to get those strides out, and I did feel it in my Achilles afterwards. Nothing that lasted more than a day though, thankfully. Watched the game with an ice pack, that stuff is the best therapy in the world!
Cross trained with a 3km brisk walk with the hubby!
Wow. This Tempo run was one of those runs that makes everything worthwhile. 11km used to be a goal – now it’s a regular evening. I wanted to get out there and find the upper comfort zone, maintain a challenging pace over the distance. Success!! The results were faster than expected, and I sure felt exhilarated throughout the run! Funny – achieved the same average pace as my speed session, with a much lower perceived effort level.
Another game night! Those #peskysens need to step it up!!
9.5km, bright and early in the morning. This “easy” run that actually blew my mind. I turned off the sound on my runkeeper, and I challenged myself to really feel relaxed and easy with steady breathing the whole time. I came in 10 seconds slower per km than my Tempo session on Thursday. WHAT the WHAT?!? It appears that my easy pace has officially changed. My 10km race was only slightly faster last November, and I was beat up by the end of it.
17.5km out and back on Rockdale. Decided focus on pace again, see how it feels doing a little less than half of the full marathon distance at my projected Marathon Pace. It’s an interesting give and take with form when you are pushing pace over distance. I really wanted to land lightly, as last week my feet felt great at the end, but there were times I could feel them slapping the pavement a little. I also wonder if I’m really maintaining my mid-foot strike and subsequent relaxation of my calves. I didn’t have any complaints with my recovery…so I guess my question has been answered!
Goal for Next Week: This will be the highest mileage week for me, and I know how much better I feel on my runs when I’m completely hydrated and well fed. So that is my goal. Drink 8 glasses of water, eat tons of veggies and fruits, keep up my iron and calcium supplements, and get plenty of sleep. Maybe kick the nightly wine habit too. Starting tomorrow.