I have found that the most difficult part of this journey has been the soreness in my ankles and my feet. I mean, I am running more than I ever have in my life. The first couple of 30+ mile weeks were fine, but when I got around to the second set, I noticed that the soreness in my foot joint is rather pronounced. It often goes away after a proper warm up. I fully realize that this might be "normal", but having not been here before, I have no experience with this normal.
So, I changed things up a bit this week. I took one extra day of rest, and mixed up my second tempo run. I've been doing most of my week day training on the treadmill, and I have to admit that I've been rather enjoying it. I am running at a sub-9:30 pace, and my heart rate barely climbed out of Zone 1. This is light years ahead of where I was last year, when Ironman training was staring me full me in the face. Back to the tempo run... Rather than do my mile repeats on Thursday that I normally do, I thought I would simulate some hills. I warmed up with increasingly faster miles: 11:21, 9:13, 8:32... Then, as is often the case, I took a potty break before starting my hill work :-) One of the definite advantages to running at the gym.
Having not done a simulation before, I had visions of grandeur in head. I thought I would do 6-8 4 minutes on, 1 minute off at a 6% grade, but the first hill interval set my perspective properly. I quickly backed off to 4x3 minutes on, with 1 minute recovery. My rewards was several minutes in Zone 5, and no, I wasn't training by HR, merely observing! LOL... The race in March does have some hills, mostly at the end. It will be necessary to do more hill training in the final weeks, even as I ramp up the race simulations.
In other exciting news... Dee Dee and I are registered to run a 5K on February 26. It will be a repeat race for us. The start is at Hobgood Park, which is 1.7 miles from my house :-) I was hoping that the race was on a recovery weekend, but alas, it is not. I'm going to have to figure out how to throw that into the mix AND handle three weekends of soccer referee-ing.
Have a great weekend, y'all! I have it on good word that things are going to start warming up soon!