Monday, February 16, 2009
4 7 Mile Run + 12 x Strides: All Caught Up on My Running!
Ran 7 mi tonight at an comfortable pace (an approximate 10:00 pace or possibly faster!) to make up for the missed 6 mi run + 4 x strides workout on Thursday & the 2 sets of 4 x strides that I missed from the previous 2 weeks (i.e., 1 set of 4 x strides per week).
At the half-way point, did 3 sets of 4 x strides with intervals of slower running in between; it took 1 mile to complete all sets of strides + recovery intervals. Then just finished out the run with the remaining mileage at a steady recovery pace. Finished strong!
Was supposed to run yesterday, but just couldn't motivate myself to run 6 mi + 4 x strides after running 14 miles only the day before. Was probably for the best. ;-) The body needed a break!
(Saturday's 14-miler was a little bit rough, due to Thursday's missed run -- which meant 4 days between runs -- & a lack of proper fueling beforehand & during the run itself. Of course I knew better, but was really pushing my boundaries out of a lack of appetite for breakfast & some other reasons best left unexplained ;-) Of course, it was totally avoidable, but hopefully I've since learned my lesson. ;-) What a contrast to the 14-miler only a week before, which felt almost effortless. Proper fueling/preparation & the proper spacing of one's runs makes all the difference between having a fantastic run or burning out & struggling. No need to say which one happened on Saturday. ;-) And no, you didn't miss Saturday's post; that 14-miler has yet to be posted to DailyMile or this blog yet. Ah yes, that'll be another backdated post.)
Anyhow, it feels great to have another run in the bag & rectify the "running ledger" for those missed workouts. Ka-ching! :)
It's really important to stay on schedule & get the proper mileage in each week; since today is technically a holiday for most people in this country (i.e., "President's Day"), maybe today's workout can count as part of the extended weekend & thus, still go towards last week's mileage tally. LOL. OK, maybe not. Or atleast not according to DailyMile, which counts Monday as part of the new week. ;-)
Now I've just got to motivate myself to get those push-ups & crunches done. Frankly, I'm not really feeling up to it, but can't let that stop me from getting them done. Otherwise, it'll only get harder to do them. Better just buckle down & get 'em out of the way......