Hills, hills, hills!

Yesterday’s RUN: 3 miles (8:57 pace)

Today’s RUN: 4 miles (8:59 pace)

After Saturday’s difficult 8 miles, I decided it’s time to revisit some hills.  It’s been tough work, but I can already see/feel a difference after these two runs.  I’m hoping to do tomorrow’s 3 miles faster, and more importantly, more EASILY than Tuesday’s run.

Today’s run was really tough.  Hoffy was trying to push me through the end, but I just couldn’t go any faster.  I had nothing left in me!  I guess that can be good or bad!  I need to be careful, yet still push myself…hopefully tomorrow goes well!

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Pushing my limit

Saturday’s RUN: 8 miles, 1:13:20 (9:09 pace)

The first 5.5 miles were difficult, but I was hanging in there with 8:30ish minute miles.  I started hitting hills and really struggled, pulling a 10:30 minute mile.  I can’t even remember the last time I ran a mile that slow.  I finished the last mile in 9:15, but felt like I was really pushing to get that.

I’m surprised that I’ve been struggling with the hills so much, recently.  I think it’s because I’ve been focusing so much on my pace.  Before, if I came to a difficult hill it didn’t matter how slow I ran it.  I was also really psyching myself out.  It’s amazing how mental running can be, and I was not helping myself out on this run.

I’ll continue working on hills and my pace!  I’ll probably try to run similar milage for the next two weeks.

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Pilot

CROSS: 40 minutes biking, 10 stair master, stretching

I’ve decided to start blogging to keep myself on track with my exercising, and to stay focused with my running goals.  I ran my first marathon on March 17th (Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon) with the intention of never running a marathon again.

Pre-Marathon

In fact, around mile 20, I said to my fiancé, “We will NEVER do this again”.  Somewhere between miles 24 and 26.2, I realized that I had been wrong.

Stretching my arms out, already thinking about marathon #2

Running a marathon was absolutely something that I would be doing again.  Since then I have signed up for the Jaguar 5K (to support Falls Church High School athletic programs) on April 28, Alexandria Running Festival Half Marathon on May 27, Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half-Marathon on September 2, and the NYC Marathon on November 4.  I unfortunately don’t know if I’ll be able to run NYC since there are so many people that sign up for it, but if I don’t get an entry I’ll probably sign up for the Philadelphia Marathon or something else around that time!

Until then, I’ll keep “training” (aka running as many miles as I can, while still trying to listen to my body when it’s tired).  Here I go!!

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