It's been a while since I could say this, but I'm officially training for a race again! I have two races coming up- a 15k in February, and a 10 miler in April. I'm really excited for both of them because the races seem really fun, and the distance is perfect for me.
I started following the Hal Higdon Intermediate plan a few weeks ago, and I just completed week 3. Just like I used to do, I'll be recapping my training week and letting you all know how everything's going (and also keeping myself accountable to keep going!). Here's how this week went-
It was a gorgeous day out, so we headed out for a longer bike ride. It's been a while since I've ridden outside and I missed it so much! I also finally oiled my bike chains and it made such a difference- I need to learn more bike maintenance so I can do some longer bike rides next year but this was super easy and effective.
I wanted to stay outside, so we ended up going to Jordan Lake after the bike ride. It was pretty windy and the water was choppy, but I still loved being out there (especially in December!).
It was such a warm and humid evening at Run Club, and all of us were struggling a lot! We did the normal winter route with a few extensions added on for the extra mile. I always look forward to running with my friends here- the miles always fly by even if we're all struggling along the way like today.
I met up with my friend Kaile for today's run. She's a very speedy runner and agreed to pace me for my speed workouts during training! The plan I'm following switches between tempo runs and 800 repeats every other week, and this was my first time doing repeats in quite a while. We ran on the Tobacco Trail which is a great place for speed workouts since it's a straight trail with minimal elevation gain. I could really feel every tiny hill today- it was really tough for me but we got through it! My goal was 7:45 pace, and we ended up hitting that for 3 of the 5 (the other two were on a slightly uphill portion and my body felt like it could not go any faster!)