Yea.....I'm not a consistent journal writer or blogger. I have been working on the 'Cool Impossible' book training program for the past 11 weeks. I thought I would update in case someone was interested. The workouts have been very motivating and challenging at the same time. Its nice that you can read a chapter in the book about the 'why' you are doing a particular run. Some of the speed hill days have taken me back to childhood cross country days. The coaches never told you why you had to do hill repeats, or, if they did, I wasn't listening then. I didn't run them with the intensity that I have recently. I think that I have been pushing my muscles to the tipping point of muscle fatigue and depletion. When I got done on a few long run days I thought that I would be done for a few weeks, but after a day rest I was back on the road. A little sore but more than able to run some recovery. The sprinting workout are the more interesting ones. I don't think I've done a sprinting workout before this program in 20 years. I definitely had some dormant muscles there. Major muscle tightness after the first few sprint workouts, but now am very strong at them and not as worried about a muscle pull. It will be interesting to see what my reset mile and 20 minute run test show in week 12. My first 'Cool Impossible' is to run a sub 6 minute mile. My first test was 6:36. Hopefully this will translate into a nice marathon pace in the 7:30/mi area.
The weather has been cold and blustery lately, but the YMCA has nice treadmills and a small jog track to keep me on pace. I have been cheating on my race buddies.....the dogs... hard to think about pace and rhythm (and the no. of hills run) when you are keeping your dogs outta trouble.