Monday: Run 3.7 miles, 34 min. Fast jaunt around the neighborhood. Need a break from these stability shoes - I have a bit of a hot spot on my heel.
Tuesday: Core work (~30 min.)
Wednesday: 8.8 miles, 1:42 One Lap around Pinchot park (with a few shortcuts). No walk breaks, so I kept a pretty decent pace on the trails.
Thursday: Core work (~30 min.)
Friday: 5.2 miles, 55 min. Cold, cold day - around 12 degrees out. Not as fast as I'd hoped, but felt very good.
Saturday: 6.5 miles, 1:12 Ditto to Friday's run.
Total: run 24 miles.
I've decided to start including my core/strength workouts on my logs to help keep me motivated to maintain those - so if you see those drop off, go ahead and comment asking what happened.
I admit, that I'm a little discouraged from my slow training times. It seems like Friday and Saturday's runs should have been a few minutes faster. But I got some encouragement watching the Cardinals-Eagles game today.
The Cardinals didn't have the greatest regular season. They lost every time they played on the East coast, but still made the playoffs because they are in a pathetic division. But once the playoffs started their defense improved and they even had something of a running game.
Now, even though the Giants, Titans and Panthers were juggernauts in the regular season, they are all going home while the Cardinals are headed to the Super Bowl in two weeks. This is because the Cardinals have peaked at the right time. While other teams have had outstanding regular seasons and appeared unstoppable the Cardinals were still figuring things out and learning what works for them as a team. The Cardinals are playing well when it really counts.
For me, I need to be running well when it really counts - on March 21 (and May 3). So while I may be frustrated about the slow improvements in speed and endurance, all this is building towards what I hope to be some good racing this spring.