This week I started doubles -- running more than once a day. So while I max out at 10 miles in the morning, I get extra easy miles in the evening. I can do these with the jogging stroller, which gives Susanna and I some chat time after school. Her school is RIGHT on the W&OD Bike Trail, and it's pretty much exactly 2.5 miles to Whole Foods. I can bribe her with a fruit leather, pick up anything we need for dinner, and get in my 5 miles all in one trip. Nice.
Tempo pace on Thursday was about 7:35-40 and I felt like death. I really really want to get that tempo pace down to 7:20.
I am forcing myself not to look at pace for recovery runs the day after key workouts. It's pretty easy to do after work when I really don't need to be anywhere, but on Friday when I attempted to just go by feel I didn't make it home on time. Granted, I was only 60 seconds late, but Jamie was in the car with it running and called me as I was turning onto our street. I guess I do need the Garmin in the mornings, though I know it probably makes me go faster than I should.
My long run today went pretty well considering I still felt like death from Thursday's tempo run when I went to sleep last night. I started out pre-dawn to get in 5 miles before the group showed up and I got some fabulous photos:
I lost 2 lbs this week. I think that losing another 8 or so is key to getting my pace a bit faster and really is the key to a BQ. I did a great job of logging all my food M-Th but did not do so great this weekend. I am going to track it but I know I went overboard yesterday thanks to my lovely husband who brought home luscious desserts from Whole Foods.
I also finally gave blood today, after putting it off during the heavy Ironman training. I wanted to make sure I was fully recovered. I felt pretty guilty going in there for the first time in 5 months... egads.
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