Tuesday, June 16th 2009: 40 minutes on exercise bike. Whoa mama. My legs were moving, my heart was pounding, the sweat was pouring, and I was having the time of my life. Wait. That last part was a lie.
Wednesday, June 17th 2009: 3.5 miles at the track. I did 4 fast 400's (1 lap around). My times were 1 minute 25 seconds, 1:35, 1:34, and 1:26. On my last lap, I really tried to beat the 1:25. I was one second slower but definitely gave everything I had. I think 1:25 is my record for a 400.
Thursday, June 18th 2009: 30 minutes doing hills on bike. The weather was perfect in the morning - cool and crisp. I went up and down hills for no good reason. As Captain Sarcasm would say, "It was interesting and fantastic!"
Friday, June 19th 2009: Rest.
Saturday, June 20th 2009: 17 miles in 3 hours 5 minutes. It is inconceivable that my chicken legs carried me 17 miles. I ran into a really strong headwind for the first 8 miles which kicked my rump. This is how I felt:
By the time I reached the half-way point and turned around I was starting to feel worn out. Somehow my legs continued to move. The last three miles I picked up my pace and was feeling pretty good, but with about a half mile left I was spent. Spent. It felt like someone had secretly strapped filing cabinets to my legs. A charley horse was begging to come over and play but thankfully it never hit me full force.
I finished with an average 10:54 per minute pace. I wanted to beat my 10:36 pace from last week's long run and I think I could have if it weren't so windy. I hope to leave the filing cabinets at home for the next long run.