some runs are better than others...

Last week on Wednesday I had my last coaching session.  I ran 800m trail intervals.  It was kind of brutal, but I was about 10 - 15 seconds faster than I was the last time I ran the same loop.  

Thursday I went on a recovery run with my aunt.  It was windy and rainy and a little chilly (like water dripping off the end of your nose rainy). Probably one of the soggiest runs I have ever been on.   After an hour of running, there were only two tiny dry spots on the bottom of my third layer (the one closest to me).

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Although I was not particularly enthusiastic about this run, I did manage to run my last 1.59 miles faster than all the other miles (I forced myself to take away something positive from this run)

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Today was long run day.  We originally planned to try and go for at least 8 miles (or at least more than the 7.5 we ran the week before), turns out my body had other plans.  It was the worst run I have been on in a long long time.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised to find out that I was not running nearly as slowly as I felt I was (that was the positive message from todays run).  It was the slowest long run pace I've had this year...but only by 1 second.  I guess all that running on the track has paid off!

Screen shot 2012-08-05 at 7.13.58 PM Screen shot 2012-08-05 at 7.37.51 PMI also feel worse post-run than I have felt in a long time.  My legs feel like cement and I almost fell asleep while drinking my coffee!  I'm hoping I'm just tired from not running a whole lot the last couple of weeks and from working the last two days and then attempting a long run.  

I did use this opportunity to do some mental training as well.  After having coffee with my dad, I needed to go to the grocery store.  I really (really really) didn't want to go, but I got my act together and went.  I decided it was mental preparation for Lost Lake, when I'm really tired and thinking about quitting, but just have to keep going (the problem with wanting to quit Lost Lake is that you still have to get to the finish because if you go back to the start, there won't be anyone there to help you).  

I'm still trying to figure out how to record that in my training log!