Friday, April 4, 2014

There was a time

when I would drag my feet at an opportunity to run with my wife. During the past couple years, when I have been training hard, i have sometimes wanted to have time with Heather, but also really wanted complete control of my workouts and be able to set my own pace. I normally would be running between 6:40 and 7:00 and Heather was probably more like 7:30-8:00.

Today, I jumped at the chance to get out with her, as my mom watched the girls and Ben was at school. We met on Grapevine Road, I was about 1.2 miles in, and she was almost to three miles. My first mile split was 7:22, and she came through 3 in just over 21:00. No need for me to worry about the pace. We locked up for about 3.5 together conversational at just over 7's. More than that we got a much needed 25 minutes to be together uninterrupted by the normal daily demands (which we love, but need an occasional break from).

Bottom line: no more missed opportunities to run with my wife.

Ended up adding on a little for 10 total in just under 71 minutes.

Yesterday - got in 8+ before work in 57:xx, then a mid-morning 5 and a half with Nate H. in 40 minutes.

Wednesday - spent almost an hour in Gordon/Chebacco/M-E woods, covering 6 miles, then hoofed it back 6 miles on the road in around 40 minutes.

Tuesday - on the track with Al V. for his 23rd B-day workout: 2 x tempo miles w/ 1:00 recoveries, then 4 x 800m w/ 400m easy recoveries; miles: 5:29/5:29; 800's: 2:28-high for all 4.

Monday - 10-mile loop from Gordon in 1:07

Last week:
50 miles in 5 days;
14 miles on Friday out and back to Ipswich at 5:35 pace;
1:31 in the woods on Wednesday for 8.75 miles (snow/ice/terrain kept the pace pretty slow)
4 x mile on the track on Tuesday with Aaron (5:20, 5:19, 5:15, 5:15)
10+ mile progression run from home on Monday (took the day off) - 6:38, 6:25, 6:19, 6:14, 6:08, 6:04, 5:58, 5:47, 5:40, 5:26, 1:02 for last .19

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