My title comes to you compliments of FreeTranslation.com. Translation: It was a Good Run!
This week has been rather miserable, until today. Somewhere, some how I lost the desire to run after Tuesday's failed session. Today started much the same. I even comtemplated skipping tonight's run. With some encouragement from my wonderful wife I met the Striders at Terry Hershey Park for Thursday night SMART training. I won't bore you with all the details, but after a short conversation with Steeve and Bessie I started putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Bessie and I ran together the last 3 miles and talked at length about my running slump. Bessie knew what I was going through, consequently she knew exactly what to say. The bottom line: I feel energized, both mentally and physically. Thanks Steeve and Bessie. You two Rock!
Schedule: 1-mile warm up, 1 mile at 10k effort, 1.25 mile recover with a "hill", 1 mile at 10k effort, followed by a 1.6 mile cool down.
I'm excited about Saturday's one-mile time trial. My time to beat is 7:09. What a great feeling it would be to go sub-7:00. I don't want to set the bar too high, but I'm hoping for a 6:59. If successful, I can check off one of my running goals for 2006. If I'm not successful we have another time trial in October.
Mileage: 5.73 miles
Time: 54:16 -- 9:28 pace
9:43, 8:33, 10:18, 9:17, 9:27, 6:58 (0.73 mile)
Location: Terry Hershey Park
How I Felt: 10
I'm sure HRB readers are looking at a calendar right now and wondering WTF! Well, we all have choices to make. I'd love to run the HRB vs. 7 Hill 5k challenge, but it does not fit into my current marathon training. Plus, I REALLY want to run the Strider time trial. You can ask most anyone who runs with me and HOPEFULLY, they will contest that I'm taking my marathon training very serious. My last time trial was May 11, 2006. I want to know what improvements I have made (if any). I will also be able to better gauge future performances.
Sorry HRB guys-gals. I wish you luck.