Monday: weights and 4.25 slow paced miles in the great outdoors.
Tuesday: we had a short-lived freeze out that kept me indoors for 6.3 treadmill miles. I didn't mind too much since the forecast is good from here on out so I think there is an excellent chance of this being the Official End of Treadmill Season.
Wednesday: weights, running rest day
Thursday: the day that I have been waiting for since January when winter set in! I headed up to "Speedwork Park" (my name for the park 1 mile away from my house with a flat walking trail) and let loose. My workout was 1.5 miles warm up and then a ladder of 0.1-0.2-0.3-0.2-0.1 miles fast/equal recoveries slow x 2 and then cool down to get to 6.25 miles total. Since it's my first speed workout in a good long while, my only goal was to get the speed under 11 minute pace but I found that I was able to "snap back" to 10:30 pretty easily. On the last interval I went all out and got my pace under 9 minutes just to show off. Everything felt good.
Friday: another freeze out. My general rule is that if the first digit of the temperature is a 1 that I'm not running outside but every rule must have an exception. I bundled up and went for it with 4.25 miles. Oh yes, I did my weights as well.
Saturday: I met up with friends so my long run of 7.35 miles felt like it was 5 minutes in duration. Here's outtake #2 for the wristie. I just couldn't make it happen.
Sunday: 3.5 miles to close out the week.
Yikes, I am running a real live race next weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the hilly 15k that I described here, and I'm not exaggerating that much when I tell you that it's 4.5 miles downhill and then 4.5 miles straight back up. My tentative plan is to run with my friends. They have run the race before and they know how to pace it. It's my first 15k so it's an auto PR. And yes my bad that I've only been planning on running this race for a year (it was my first race cancellation of 2020) and in that time I never managed to get around to hill training.
For regular running, I'm going to take a stab at the "get faster" plan from RunCoach that I started last fall just as I hit burnout. I will start a bit slower than the prescribed paces and see what happens.
I am doing a lot of soul searching about how much longer I want to be self trained. Yes I've made progress with my "do what I wanna do" plan BUT what would happen if I spent some time working with someone who knows what they are doing???
A good example is my strength training program. Undoubtedly my body is in a better place now than it was in December when I started. I like it well enough and I'm able to follow it. But there are so many exercises that I don't fully understand and I'm not sure if I'm doing them correctly. It just wouldn't hurt anything to get a few personal training sessions ya know?
The only thing holding me back is the fear that I wouldn't be compatible with my trainer...basically it's exactly the same thing that kept me from trying online dating for so many years (the TL&DR version is that I met my husband on day one). And so what? The very worst case is that it wouldn't work out and I'd go back to my "throw everything at the wall and see what sticks" plan and then try again with someone else.
The punchline is that I've done some research and I think I have my coach picked out. It's someone local who knows my area's races, is RCAA certified, works with some of my friends and is highly recommended, and is quite reasonably priced. My finger is on the trigger...I just don't want to pull it quite yet.