Monday, July 21, 2014

Progress not perfection.

Last week was rough, really really rough.  Physically and mentally I was drained.  We had a horrible storm roll through on Thursday which meant I had to miss my tempo run.  There was no way I could handle doing that on the treadmill.  Me being the "must stick to the schedule" person that I am kind of freaked out over it.  After realizing that I was ten weeks into training and hadn't missed a single run yet, I cut myself some slack.  Life happens.  Everything from the waist down was achy so I took the storm as a bit of divine intervention and took a rest day.  Since I had a long run on Saturday, coach said to not worry about the tempo and instead tack on a couple of extra miles to the long run and enjoy an extra day of rest.  Done and done.  My workouts have been progressing nicely and coach said that this week we were going to tinker with moving me up to the next tier of pacing, which I was super excited about!  Until I saw the paces.....

After a rough week I honestly had zero confidence in my ability to hit the paces for my speed work today.  The Pyramid workout was something new to me and it went a little something like this:

1 mile warm up
400m 
800m
1200m
1600m
1200m
800m
400m
1 mile cool down
(7.5 miles total with a 400m recovery in between each set)

It was hard...wayyyyyyy harder than I expected.  (The hearty steak dinner I ate the night before certainly didn't help the cause.)   Coach assigned me a target pace of 8:25 and low and behold I did it!  The 1600m segment was a few seconds slower but hey, that was no easy task.  A month ago he had me do a series of 800's to determine what my training paces would be.  He told me to put 100% effort into those 800's to gauge where I was at.  I pulled those numbers today and was super excited to see how much progress has been made in just a month.

On June 18th my 800's ranged from an 8:42 - 8:52 pace.  Today my 800's paces were both at 8:28!  Keeping in mind this was during a workout that was full of longer segments both before and after the 800's.  I'm really happy with that!  I'm curious to see how I would fare if I did another round of purely 800's (so I could really go all out) and see where I would end up.  I'm sure that will be on the schedule at some point!  It's always nice to step back and see how far you've come instead of how far you have to go.    Every bit of progress should be celebrated!  I'll never qualify for the Olympics by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm really happy with the progress I've seen and it's the motivation I need to "keep crankin'" as coach says.