|Too much cuteness (minus the poor grammar...)|
Promise, those two things DO go together!
Today is Thursday. As usual, I'm walking around stiff-legged, tired, and with a couple cups of coffee already under my belt.
It's only 8AM.
Tuesday begins this descent into stiff-leggedness (is that a word?) with a morning easy run and then track workout in the evening. Wednesday is an easy run "recovery" day, but of course it's not a full recovery, and then Thursday morning is the marathon pace workout, which gets progressively longer into the training cycle.
I'm usually falling sleep by 7:30-8PM come Thursday evening.
Every single week, Tuesday to Thursday is my toughest stretch...thank you Hansons. I absolutely dread the marathon pace workouts Thursday mornings. It's an early start and my legs are still shot from track.
I'm often questioning the sanity of leaving my warm bed when the ol' alarm goes off Thursday morning.
And yet, I still get up and go suffer a little bit more.
Answer: pancakes. Ok, not even the lure of pancakes could coax me into some of these workouts lately.
Answer: good training partners. Darn that group accountability.
|Post-BCS 1/2 2013|
|A good running mentor makes a big difference!|
|Baytown 5 miler...so much fun with these folks!|
My running group is full of folks who both challenge me to run faster and also encourage me in the process of attempting to do just that. Many of those guys could drop me in two seconds flat, and yet they've often graciously slowed down a bit and run with me, or at least sorta near me.
I know that just trying to hang on with them has helped me become a better athlete.
They're competitive runners, but more importantly, good folks without big egos.
There's a group of them at track on Tuesday nights and another group on Thursday mornings. And I know I'll get some friendly harassment, as I should, if I decide to skip out without a good reason.
|After a beastly ladder workout Tuesday night. Got in 4 miles of long repeats in the 5:45-5:55 range, which was a huge stretch. Encouragement is powerful.|
And when you find someone who is closely matched to your fitness level, willing to jump into tough workouts with you, mentally fierce in the middle miles when you want to ease off your pace, and yet kind and encouraging in the rough parts of a workout, it is AMAZING to see the kinds of workouts you can do together...ahem Skye...
So, even knowing that I will look and feel of a geriatric age from Tuesday to Thursday week in, week out until Houston, I know I've got a bunch of awesome friends who will briefly commiserate with my aches and pains and stiffness and then spur me on to keep going to the next hard workout.
To my Volte group...you all are the best.
|Summer tri training and racing...a lot more fun with friends~!|