Tuesday night I met up with Michelle to do about 4 miles and hill repeats in. I just have to say, I am totally impressed with Michelle, she has 5 kids who are all actively involved in some athletic endeavor at all times and she is still in pain from her pulled muscle, yet she still finds time to come and run with me (and keep up after not running for so long!), major impressive point from me! So we went out on our “new” normal route
[Small tangent here: how often do you switch up your running routes? Or do you? Honestly I never thought I would ever stick with running enough to hear myself say, “Well I was just so tired of this one route….” Major impressive points for myself here!]
And did about 2 miles to start with. I was really working on keeping a fairly decent pace to avoid knee pain, but also not trying to kill Michelle. Mile 1 went by with minimal pain and was done at about a 12:20 pace. We walked for just a little bit (maybe 2 min) then set out. Half way through mile 2 my knee hurt so I walked for about a minute and then kept going. I picked up the pace a bit because I knew at the end of mile 2 I would be taking a break and doing my hill repeats. Mile 2 was done in 11:50. We walked around for a bit, cooled down and found a water fountain. Then it was time for 4 hill repeats. I still have no idea why I like these so much.
[Another small tangent: if I could go back in time and do one, or a few things differently, I would have joined a track team and run sprints. I really think sprints are totally my things. I have huge thighs, yes huge; they are really strong and have lots of power. I could have totally gone somewhere with that….]
Anyways, this was a new hill for me to sprint up and it had a few curves but over all I think I liked it. We did 4 sprints each totaling a tenth of a mile (not sure the times on these, roughly 40-50 seconds I think though). Once done we walked back to the water fountain to get one last drink and then set off for the 1 mile home. I was feeling great and the run and sprints had gone really well. So I knew I wanted to hit the pavement hard coming home. I did the last mile in 10:40 (or somewhere in these here whereabouts).
We totaled out at the night with 3.5 miles in 38 min with 4 hill repeats and 2 walk breaks (not counting the breaks between, before and after the sprints), that’s some major impressive points if you ask me!!! This run felt amazing. I felt strong, I had great speed, but not too much, I accomplished everything I had wanted to accomplish and I got a great workout in! It was a huge confidence booster for me because lately my runs have felt horrible, painful and just plain annoying! I know there will be many more good runs and many more bad runs, but I just love celebrating the good ones. The confidence you get from one good run can sometimes carry me through several days of workouts.
I have no idea what’s in store for tonight; I’m not feeling well and haven’t slept well the past couple of nights. But I have my first ever track workout on the agenda for this evening, which makes me really excited. And since I haven’t been doing too many miles I’m thinking I can muster up the strength for a quick workout. I have no expectations of myself except to have fun!