Starting my first full week in Charlotte, I’m getting a sense of the place and how to avoid the spider webs. Got my first chance to run on the greenway (a paved path along a stream) that runs through the UNCC campus on Monday. It is very conveniently marked every 400 meters. Great place to do pace runs (tempo runs) although this one didn’t go exactly according to plan as it turns out the inhaler (I have exercised induced asthma) I’ve been using ran out last week and my replacement one didn’t show up until after the workout. That being said, if you take away the inability to breath, the legs were doing alright in adjusting to the heat.
On Thursday I had the workout that I had been dreading for a while. I use the word dreading because I knew it was a big workout on the horizon and I hadn’t been feeling as recovered as I would have liked the past few weeks. However, after removing the aerobic fartlek from the long run last weekend, I finally got back on top of my game and it showed in the workout, putting up splits that were significantly faster than the previous year while at the same time going further in hot, humid and unfortunately sunny conditions. I didn’t realize how worried I’d been until afterwards when the relief hit me. Probably shouldn’t have built up a single workout that much in my mind, but it’s behind me now and hopefully I’ll learn a lesson from it.
This week also had the last longer than a marathon long run, where I ended up cruising in the low 5:40’s for the majority of the effort after naturally working into the run.
|Monday||50 min Pace Run avg 4:58||40||130|
|Thursday||6,5,4,1, mile w/5 min rest. Avgs: 4:56, 4:53, 4:50, 4:43||110|