It's been a while since I've written a post about my training and how it's going. It's funny, I guess I felt that Ironman training was so intriguing and that people would be interested in reading it. Looking back now, it's kind of silly to make that assumption. Who knows!!!
In any event, marathon training is fully underway. I'm in week 4 of my program and I'm really enjoying getting back to the basics of running. I'm still biking and well, intermittently swimming, but it feels good to just run. I'm working a lot of speed which is a new challenge. There isn't a feeling in the world that compares to your lungs burning after a good fast run!
Today I was supposed to run 50 minutes. That's all the program said. I've been using my Tuesday workouts as speed workouts, doing intervals on the treadmill. It's been going well. Today I changed it up a little and just ran. I ended up doing a 10k in 50:38! I was so excited. That's coming a long way in my book. For the first 3 years of running, I would aim to run a 10k in 62 minutes (obvious 10 minute miles). Last year I probably would have aimed for 9 minute miles on really great days. Today, I ran 8:10's! And the best part... I felt AWESOME and it's only February! I'm hoping to keep the speed work up, get faster on my longer runs and hopefully this marathon in May will be a pleasant surprise of the progress I've made. I have a 4:44:48 PR to crush! :)