The closest thing to a hill I have to work with 'round here. I did 4 repeats on it (repeats being up, over & back again) with a total distance of just over a half mile each repeat. It was my first official Hill workout EVER and also of the new training plan Coach EK put together. I was hauling major @ss each repeat and basically wanted to die at the end but it was def worth it; I felt like I had totally OWNED that hill when I was finished. (Side Note: I have got to figure out something regarding when/where I do hills; it gets too dark too early and it was pitch black when I finished up = NOT Safe Solo!!! Perhaps I can convince Lazy Runner to start doing Clermont with me... hmmm...) Anyway, my wretched, always inaccurate, Nike+ told me that I had done 2.6 mi @ 8:30 pace but when I got home and mapped it out on MapMyRun the final tally was 2.48 mi @ 7:49 pace! Ummm... SLOW DOWN SPEEDY McSPEEDERSON!!! Holy Guacamole that is NOT the 8:55 pace Coach EK had on the training plan! Whoops! Needless to say this is just another example of why I need a friggin' Garmin. *sigh*
After kicking my own @ss on the hills I had a dinner date with Beaker Luv and Baby RJ. It was so great catching up with my Beaker Luv and um seriously... this kid is going to be the death of me! He is so friggin' cute, makes me laugh so much and I just want to snuggle him FOREVER!!! Just look at him and tell me you wouldn't go ga-ga over him?!?!? Happiest baby ever!
This morning I had 4 mi @ 10:00 pace on deck but opted to xtrain instead; So down to the complex gym I went for a good cardio bike session followed by some leg/calf presses. I know mileage is important in marathon training but I've decided that at least every other week I'm going to nix that 4 miler in lieu of some xtraining. According to my training plan, Sundays leave me the option to run or not and since I adore working out the kinks from the Long Run with Deputy S, I'm going to keep that run on deck and use my trade up run this way instead. Personally I think it's a win/win situation; I only loose out on a few miles every other week, which isn't so bad considering Deputy S and I always run 5 milers instead of the plan's scheduled 4, and I get in xtraining which I'm used to having weekly. See... win/win.
On deck for the rest of the week I have a 6 miler tomorrow, of which at least 3 mi will be with Therese keeping with our weekly Wednesday tradition, pace work (not to be confused with speed work) on Thursday, OUC 5k (part of the OUC Half Marathon & 5k) on Saturday & finally a 14 miler Long Run on Sunday. Yup... marathon training is in full swing once again!
I hope ya'll are having a fantabulous week thus far, I know I for one am absolutely READY for the weekend already...