Monday: 4.5 treadmill miles thanks to a freak rainstorm. Even though the temperature was decently warm, there was a good inch of water on the roads and the storm clouds made everything pitch black long after sunrise. Surprisingly my body welcomed the treadmill and it was a good run.
Tuesday: Rain, rain, and not one ray of sunshine. It was barely nice enough to be outside so I went for it with 6.25 miles. For lolz I did one of the middle miles at 5k pace.
Thursday: Fartlek day! Fun in the fog for week 4 of 4 from here. I don't take a lot of photos on the run, but fog is always a worthy exception. A descending ladder of 5-4-3-2-1 minutes at increasing effort with 2 minute recoveries for 55 minutes total & 4.83 miles. Can I just say again how much I enjoyed these workouts? And how much I enjoy pushing myself in the 5k pace range?
Friday: hill run! 4.25 miles
Saturday: Long run day, and with no half marathons on the schedule until next May, I'm free to make long runs as long or as short as I want. I went out to the bike/hike trail and set off on a section that I've never done before and let my mind run along with my body. Out and back gave me 6 miles and the desire to get a little more, so this ended up being an 8 mile run. I let loose in the final mile with the goal of getting under an 11 minute pace...oh snap I got a lot under 11 minutes with my final mile at 10:20.
Raising the Stakes
The big exciting news of this week is that the Turkey Trot that I ran last year is scheduled to be an in person race, so I'm in. With all of the usual COVID caveats...our numbers are trending in the wrong direction, but it's a small race in a small town so I'm willing to risk $25 on this race taking place and OK if it doesn't happen. This is a big goal race to finally get the elusive sub 30 (current record: 30:11). The course is pretty flat but not as flat as my virtual 5k racing ground, so in this case the "real" race will make it a bit harder to hit the goal...and it will be so much more satisfying if I make it.
P.S. Deborah's post on Virtual Turkey Trots was well timed...that's what prompted me to check in on the real race;-)