It doesn’t feel like a wretched inferno outside!!!
It’s a miracle! Here I was, walking around thinking how great the weather was and some people were here from San Francisco and they immediately started saying how disgusting it was and I said, “wait? What? no, no, no, it’s gotten better! This is great!” Anyway, from my point of view this weather was not to be missed so I crammed in all my runs on three more or less gloriously mild and low humidity days.
And FYI, I fucking nailed it.
I chose a time goal based off of my last 5k, and while that wasn’t exactly a PR race, I feel pretty good about the times I’ve chosen because I’ve learned that I need to be a) realistic about what I can run, b) accept that this is what I can run and embrace it, and c) roll with the flow of summertime running. Since the Run Less, Run Faster method is all based off of times and paces, I was happy picking something I could rate as “comfortable hard” to ward off frustration and annoyance. Frustration means I’ll inevitably just give up and move on to something else, so goal #1 was to prevent that.
The result: I nailed every. single. pace. and I felt good about it. Typically, I even averaged about 15 seconds under the recommended pace and my long run ended up being something of an 8 mile tempo run with one mile at the recommended pace but going up a steep, pain in the ass hill. The added layer is that I was wiped out from my week of rowing, which has gotten increasingly more difficult as we prep to race and I start getting more comfortable with sculling and really start pushing it.
I don’t know, I feel like this was the week for things to fall into place. Work went well, I’m getting really excited about the Princess 1/2 weekend and incredibly excited about the delightful people that now make running Disney even more fun (aaaah #buttcape), and the weather showed me that I can run the paces I need to when it’s not 90 degrees and/or 100% humidity.
So let’s take a moment and be positive: what’s something that went well this week?