First week of summer training went really well. I started off the week with two "easy" thirty minute runs. I ended up running slightly over 30 minutes just to make them each an even 4 miles. First run was 32:15 (8:05 avg pace) and the next day my 4 miler took me 31:28 (7:51 avg pace).
Friday night I was up for a speed workout. I had to do my workout at night because I had an early morning work meeting so I was out after my son was sleeping. I needed to do a 2 mile warm up, 8 x 30 seconds at 5K pace (for me, aiming for 6:00 miles), with 90 seconds of jogging in between and a 1-2 mile cooldown.
I was a little fast on my 30 second spurts. My paces for all of them were:
5:35, 5:58, 5:58, 6:43, 5:26, 5:26, 5:45, 5:37
(I have no idea what was going on with the 6:43.) I felt really smooth and great. My warm up and cool down were also fast (7:28 avg pace for warm up; 7:16 for cool down).
I felt good though so I didn't worry about it.
I had 6 miles up for Saturday and given our schedule for the day, I had to do this in the morning, almost 12 hours after my Friday night workout. I still felt great. I was supposed to do 3 easy miles followed by 3 moderate miles. My splits were: 7:22, 7:29, 7:28, 7:01, 6:51, 6:47.
I'm not going to lie. I had moments on Friday and Saturday where my mind went to, "Why couldn't I have felt like this in Boston?!" For the most part, I'm past it. :)
Dedicating 43 minutes to running on a Saturday is so much easier after months of dedicating 2+ hours!
Weekly Mileage Total: 20.18
Also, we are at the end of another month! My April mileage was 99.03, which is down 4.6% from last year's April. Part of this is because last year, my spring marathon was in May.
January - April 2016 miles total: 562.13
I am still 131.55 miles ahead of last year with my running this year.
I am looking forward to May - the weather is improving and I have a 5K on the schedule. I am also doing the Whole30 diet for the month of May. More on that in an upcoming post!