Getting back into running happened slowly for me this summer. After my marathon on June 3, I was running low mileage in an attempt to heal and recover. Plus, it hurt to run! It was no fun. I started running a few of the long runs that my group was doing to train for an October marathon, just to see how I felt. Then, Rick presented me with the idea to do the Baltimore Marathon. I started to wonder if I could get into high mileage again without another injury. I was a little gun-shy, I guess.
Speedwork was another thing I had given up for the summer. I found out about a group meeting in our city on Thursday nights. This group appealed to me because it was led by a friend of mine, Linda, and because it was nearby. I also liked the fact that we could bring our kids to the track and let them ride bikes around a larger outside track while we ran. So I went out to see what it was like.
I recorded a couple of sessions here. These sessions felt very hard to me. At the first one, I had to walk in between repeats and could not keep up with my running partner, Julia. At the second one, I ran with Linda and enjoyed her pace and company. By making all sorts of grunting sounds and contorted faces, I was able to pull out some pretty good times. These times gave me the confidence to race a 5K at the end of July. And that 5K gave me the confidence to begin full-out marathon training, which is where I am today.
600s 2:19, 2:21, 2:41, 2:18, 2:20, 2:19
2x800 3:06, 3:07
6x400 1:33, 1:30, 1:32, 1:30, 1:31, 1:26