Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Long Run

When the 2015 season began I shared with coach some pretty lofty goals.  She didn't tell me they were not obtainable, but let me know she was going to push me hard this year.

She was not kidding.

Today I did a long run.  I guess you could call it a progressive run.  It started with an hour "warmup", where I got comfortable, worked on my hydration and nutrition, and began dropping the pace.  Then it was a short build phase.  Frankly, I was already building pace.  It was now raining and I was getting cold.  The next part of the run was just crazy town.  For a half hour I was to drop the pace from "hmm, that's fast" to "are you NUTS!!!".  Let's put it this way.  That pace a year ago was about a 5K pace and now I was including it as part of my long run.  The rain was turning to snow.  I fought hard and dropped that pace.  I wasn't comfortable but I was doing it.  Finally, I reached the cool down and finished the run perfectly inside our neighborhood.

I logged my run and let coach know I thought she was out of her mind.  Here's her response.

This made me smile.  I know it's not much but this response is worth the hard work.  I'm doing it.  I'm putting in the hard work and it's going to pay off. 

Now on to rest week.  Thank goodness.


middleagedrunner said...

Workouts like that are brutal! Awesome job killing it, especially in the crap weather :-)

Carina said...

It will pay off huge on race day. I love that hard work, nailed it feeling. We had progressive tempo for 4 miles a couple weeks ago, with a goal of picking it up 15 secs per mile. For the first time in my life maybe, I practically nailed it. My splits dropped 30 secs (first mile too slow), then 25, then 15. I couldn't believe it and was so proud. I told my coach he should have demanded to see all our splits immediately after the run and then given me a medal since I was sure I had the best PT of all.