Tonight was a speed workout, and time to reflect on the last month of training. Looking at my training log tonight I realized that over the last month I have slipped into the pattern of run, take day off, run, day off, etc. I suppose that is because the FIRST runs are really hard and I just don't feel like running on a day after a really hard day. My knees are stiff, my toes hurt, my quads are tight, something; all I know is that rest seems good. And I have been much busier with work and traveling, so it is really hard to sneak in workouts. To my great surprise, though, I found out that I actually ran more miles in August than July, and set a mileage record for me (130). I know for the high milers out there, 130 miles may be two average weeks, but for me that is a pretty solid month. And I actually did not run a single race. In fact I haven't run a race since the half marathon at the end of June. I'll probably schedule a half marathon one weekend in September just to get the racing mode back in mind. And I am curious to see if all this FIRST training has produced faster running times -- or is it just establishes muscular endurance to run 26.2 at the pace I have already established at shorter distances. I sure hope it is the former -- that FIRST has made me faster.
All of which leads me to conclude I am going to have to switch to morning runs. As I get busy this fall, and I know my schedule is going to really heat up (I often work 60+ hours per week, and commute on top of that), it is going to be increasingly hard to work out at the end of the day, much less if I ever want to see my family. So I guess, I am going to have to start getting up and doing it earlier. I am somewhat fortunate in that the New York legal world operates on a late schedule -- people are rarely in before 9 a.m. So, I can run at 7 or so and still be in office on time. But I have NEVER in my life been able to maintain a morning exercise regimen. On one level though I feel like I really have no choice, though, if I am going to make it to the starting line in November. At some point I ramble on about the glory that is college football and post my picks for the weekend.
I can't wait though, to feel the chill in the air. College football starts in earnest this weekend. Cooking out, leaves turning, crispness in the morning...my favorite time to be in New York.
Until then, Go Blue and have a great Labor Day. I am on tap for 18 miles in the Florida heat...