What a way to start off the week. After Saturday’s run I felt like I needed to somewhat redeem myself physically. It wasn’t a horrible run. It served it’s purpose mentally and spiritually, but my body was craving something challenging. So, I gave it that today.
A double run to be exact.
What exactly is a double run? Basically it’s two runs for the day. This morning I got up at 5am and ran five miles at the gym. And, then this evening I ran another five miles outside around my neighborhood. It was exactly what I needed, especially for a Monday.
This morning’s run was exceptionally motivating. I averaged a 9:41 min/mile pace. This included some planned hills and sprints, including cranking it up to a 8:04 min/mile pace for the last half mile. This was huge for me, because I’ve been struggling with my stamina lately. I’m being treated right now for low testosterone which has caused a lot of stamina and muscles to weaken (long story, which I’ll undoubtedly write more about later). So having this kind of run was a moral booster.
Besides planning on having a double run day I was also able to get in a mid-afternoon walk during work. I had to run errands around campus and got in a nice brisk 1.5 mile walk. It was great. It just made me want to run outside even more. The weather was just perfect.
But, once I got home I quickly changed my into my running clothes and headed out the door. Well, after my third banana of the day of course. If there is any running food I like more than anything it’s a banana. It’s a quick and simple food that digests easy on the stomach and is a quick energy boost.
But, I was in heaven on my run. This was basically my first run outside in my neighborhood of the year. I’ve ran this route hundreds of times in the past. It’s a simple out and back route along Davis Blvd. here in Bountiful. You get great views of the Great Salt Lake to the west and some awesome views of the Bountiful to the east. The hills are are challenging, especially on the way back home, yet doable. It’s a great little route.
It’s a great hill trainer.
On my second run I decided to just push it a bit past comfortable. I started off great and did the first 2.5 miles at a 10:00 min/mile pace. The legs felt it on their way back, but I just pushed myself even when the legs were yelling obscenities my way. It was a great mental and rewarding run.
The last quarter of mile I really had to push through because it was mainly uphill and tough. It’s great running down to start off the run, but on the flip side … not so much. But, alas I got home in 52:18 minutes or a 10:27 min/mile pace. Which I am extremely happy about.
Put together the two runs averaged about a 10:04 min/mile. Granted this runs happened 12 hours from each other, but that’s a good sign that I am moving in the right direction towards not just my goal of running my marathon, but also getting that elusive SUB-TWO half marathon. I feel like given a great downhill course I can own that goal this summer, especially if I continue to put the work into getting there.
I am looking forward to the rest of the running week. I am planning on at least another 5-8 miles of running along with my usual strength training and then I’ve got a 20 mile training run on Saturday in Herriman that should be a butt kicker and BIG prepper for my marathon in June. I have no doubt I’ll be taking another ice bath this weekend.
What are your running plans/goals for this week? Any fun runs planned?
Total Mileage Breakdown for 20142014 Training Miles – 296.35 miles 2014 Walking Miles – 27.0 miles 2014 Race Miles – 46.4 miles
2014 Total Miles – 369.75 miles Monthly Total Miles for 2014 January – 100.0 miles February – 100.0 miles March – 130.0 miles April – 39.75 miles