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.  

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Comment by Robert Burpee on February 21, 2016 at 4:55am
Until I discovered Eric & his book, program's & physlosopy I never did speed work, just distance, too have found it very challenging but now love it, in particular hill repeats.
Comment by Lori Enlow on February 18, 2016 at 5:30pm

Ha, speedwork was very foreign when I started doing it a few years back, I still remember the awkwardness. It is really empowering now to do the speedwork. I feel strong and fast and like I am continuing to develop and hone as I get older. Best wishes, keep us posted on your running!

Comment by Rich Warne on February 13, 2016 at 11:25am

Nice one!

Comment by Eric Orton on February 11, 2016 at 1:22pm

This is excellent Paul, thanks for sharing and keep the posts coming.  These kind of posts really help others and they love reading them.

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