“I’ve got the scars from tomorrow and I wish you could see that you’re the antidote to everything except for me.”-Fall Out Boy
This song has been added to the top of my running playlist these days. It makes for the perfect warm-up to get your blood pumping and your heart racing. I can’t believe that I’m on my fifth week of training for Broad Street. Someone asked me the other day why I started training earlier and it’s mostly because I like to leave some time for bad weeks here and there. Plus, when your training is going this well this early, it can only get better! When I say it’s been going great, it’s really been going great. I tapered last week for a bit (my longest run was 4 miles), but at that point, my body was craving some rest. This week my miles are back up and I’m running two 3-milers, a day of 6x400s, a 5 miler and then my long run of 7 miles.
Now, let me tell you a little something. Back when I started running, I wasn’t really super concerned with how fast I was going. I finished my first half marathon in under 2 hours, but didn’t do any speed work during my training. I was just thrilled to finish it, without stopping, and below my goal time. The next few times around, I tried to incorporate speed work, but seemed to always replace those days with cross-training or a normal endurance run. It wasn’t until this past year when I decided that I wanted to really improve my race pace that I started taking speed work more seriously. And let me tell you: it pays off. I’ve actually grown to love it, mostly because I can see the results days after it’s over. My goal this year is to finish the Broad Street Run averaging somewhere between a 9 and a 9:15 mile. Incorporating better strength training and yoga into the mix has also really helped. I can definitely feel the difference in my legs and lungs.
Yesterday it was almost 50 degrees and today we’re getting snow and freezing rain. With all this crazy weather happening, I can only say this: I can’t wait for warm weather. I’m so tired of bundling up in layers of clothes and not being able to feel my fingers or toes after a run. Summer, where are you?! Please hurry up! Love, your biggest fan 🙂