After that last post, I was a bit shaken up.
Coach Emily made me feel much better.
So did my next few runs.
Long story short, I had a recovery week where I could catch my breath, and then a really solid week this week. Tuesday I did a run that looked like this:
15 minute warmup
5X 1 mile, starting at 8:00-8:10 and descending to 7:15
Cool down to finish in 1:20
Nailed it. Absolutely nailed it.
Thursday I had a solid tempo run where I ran 20 minutes sub-8.
And today I ran 18 with my two buds, Katie and Kim (Ana was on vacation--jealous!) with miles 11-15 at race pace. It went like this:
Mile 11, 8:17
Mile 12, 8:17
Mile 13, 8:21 (included a long but gradual hill)
Mile 14, 8:18
And our last mile was 8:32. Average for the 18 was 8:37.
I believe that is what you call a good week.
We finished our 18 miles at 9:15am. Then I went home, had breakfast with the family, went to church, stopped home for lunch, went apple-picking all afternoon in the chilly sunshine, and went to Daddy's soccer game tonight. I wore my nerdy compression socks under the outfits the whole time.
I've been feeling really strong and good about this, and I'm also realizing how lucky I am to have such a good crew of friends who are willing to run at Ridiculous O'Clock with me and do these crazy workouts. If I pull this off in October, make no mistake about it: it is because I had them with me the whole way.
This one's for them.