ok, i know i have been bitching about work as of late, but i’m really not kidding about this one. i have major coughing fits in the office which always seem to go away when I go outside. wonder if that is a sign. or something.
anyway, so far this week, i have managed to get the mileage in. today i wasn’t really feeling the speed workouts either group was doing…the nighttime crew were planning on 200-meter repeats…i didn’t really want to be sprinting at this stage of the game. The 6 am crew were planning on Cat Hill repeats…I think 4 times up Cat Hill during Saturday’s long run was enough for me, thank you!! I was craving longer repeats, so I decided on a workout I haven’t done in quite awhile…3 x 1 mile (plus recoveries) on the reservoir. Start at west 86th, jog to the “0” at Engineer’s Gate, then run a hard mile to the 1760 yard marker back at the staring point. And repeat twice. (Though I have to admit I cheated a little with the recoveries…I took my time with those.) Anyway, was aiming to run the miles in the 7:30-7:40ish range. First was 7:32 so I worried I may have rabbited that one…second was 7:41…pulled it together for the third to run it smack dab in the middle at 7:36. I had almost decided to scrap that last mile in exchange for 2 x 880s, but decided to stick it out. All in all, not too bad. My legs have not totally forgotten how to go fast!! (Though I still think back wistfully to the last time I did this workout about 2 years ago where I ran splits of 7:42, 7:29 and 7:18. Then again, I seem to remember there wasn’t killer humidity like there was this morning.)
And pretty much halfway through the week…just 2 more mornings of “weekday” runs…then my cutback long run will be on Friday due to Rosh Hashanah being this weekend, and I think I will try and make that one a more creative route than 2 park loops. I decided I am getting all my work done by end of day Thursday if it kills me, and taking Friday off to get my long run in at my leisure…then heading home for the remainder of the weekend, meaning 2 consecutive rest days!! (I know there would be no way I’d get in a long run this weekend being with la familia…)
now playing: “ain’t no other man” ~ christina aguilera