3/10: 4 Miles 7:57 pace
3/11: 6.5 Miles, 7:34 pace with 4x800 at 6:48 pace
3/12: 4 miles, 8:32 pace
Tuesday: Nothing seems to stick out in this run as particularly interesting. I think that I’ve finally hit a groove with the training at this point. I’m really hitting my stride and hitting the times that I would like to hit. I will say that daylight savings time has really kicked me in the junk with regard to my morning runs. I was just getting used to the sun being out for the very last part of my short morning runs but now I am plunged back into darkness.
Wednesday: Speed day – Owwwww. I sort of spoiled this run with my previous post about my nipple pain. However, I will retell the story because I am a bit narcissistic. I was extremely tired as I woke up on Wednesday and since I am staying in Atlanta through Friday, I had the option of running this and Thursday’s run in the afternoon. So, I decided at 5:30am to do my speed work in the afternoon. I am not sure if ANYONE should be allowed to make decisions at 5:30am – no matter how insignificant. So, that morning I packed my bag not even realizing that I forgot to pack my usual band-aids. I ALWAYS run with band-aids on my nipples to prevent chaffing. When I got to the gym and realized it, I didn’t want to go get any, so I thought that I would try it out without them – big mistake. I was fine through the first four or so miles, and really all of my speed work, but after that, the pain started to get the best of me. I am not sure if it was because I was on a treadmill or because I have an SUPER low tolerance for nipple pain, but I could not take much more after 6.5 miles. I had originally wanted to do 9 miles and would have liked to do 2 more intervals, but I didn’t have it in me.
Thursday: Today was supposed to be the day that I caught up on mileage. However, for some reason I felt a slight tweak in on of my quad muscles. I am nearly positive that it was still sore from lifting weights on Monday which is honestly a little annoying since I lifted on MONDAY. Either way, I decided that I would give it a mile or so to see if it worked itself out. It mostly did, but I didn’t want to try to hammer out the full 6 miles so I just did a quick 4 to try to burn out some of the acid. It worked quite well and I think that I am on the mend. I iced everything down really well which made all of the difference. The funny thing is that my split times were faster and faster as I burned more and more acid: 9:05, 8:43, 8:11, 8:15. Most of that is due to traffic that I hit at the beginning, but some of it is due to how sore my quad was. Stay tuned for a very long 19 mile run this weekend!