Tu: 8.11mi @ 8:31 pace (7×100 pickups at the end)
Wed: 10.05mi @ 9:02 pace
Th: 7.07mi @ 7:43 pace
This workout was supposed to be 9m with 5m at 15k-half marathon pace. I was short on time and it was awful outside (about 40 degrees, windy, cold rain), so I bargained with myself and agreed to cut it to 7m overall, keeping the 5m at an uptempo pace. I really didn’t know how to pace or what to even shoot for, but told myself I’d be happy with ~7:45 average on those 5m in between. I hit the first mile in 7:41, and somehow just kept picking it up from there. I felt strong, confident, and even springy. It started to get hard around 3.5 miles in, and I told myself to keep pushing but keep it relaxed. The last mile turned directly into the wind, and I still managed to pull out my fastest mile. This was totally confidence boosting – I was riding an extreme runner’s high for the rest of the day.
Sat: 19.02mi @ 9:15 pace
Sun: 5mi – 5k race w/warm up and cool down. 5k in 21:55.
Total: 49.25 miles
Overall: Freaking amazing week of running. I can’t believe how good I felt, especially given a big step up in long run distance and two quality workouts. Up until this point, I have been questioning my decision to run CIM. This week had me thinking maybe … just maybe … this will turn out ok.