One down, 13 to go

That’s a wrap on Week 1.  I’ll do Week 2 then start over, as I’m doing a 12-week program over 14 weeks.

The stats:

  • Four official programmed runs: 16.67 miles (Run 4 was way longer than prescribed, but whatever)
  • Total mileage for the week (7 days, #keepthestreak, #rwrunstreak): 20.98
  • Avg page for the week: 10:00/mile (I have no idea if this is going to be relevant, given the speedwork, tempos, and increasingly long endurance runs, but it should be interesting to track.

I need to clean up the formatting on the above, but … another day. 

Some take aways from the week:

  • I’m super stoked to be doing this program with Rochelle.  I know I’m going to have to work hard, but I know it’s going to give me the results I’m after. I went longer than scheduled (and planned) last night and discovered my slow-ish easy run pace was a bit faster than the Corre Barri I did in October 2016.  Let’s see how I do in the next one … scheduled two weeks before my half.
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What the buck?

RSD 62

I really wasn’t feeling it today. It was a long week of padel classes (taking) and the end of a longish 3 weeks of intensive English classes (giving) and I had pushed myself at Cool Cycling during the afternoon.

And today was intervals, which means sprints when training with Rochelle.

It was only a half-hour workout. I knew I could do it, but I just didn’t want to. I thought about swapping out today for a one-and-done. #keepthestreakalive

“Bob,” I said to myself. “It’s day fucking three of a 14-week haul and it’s way too early to start swapping out the plan.”

“I know, I know. I’ll do something more than a mile, and if I don’t I’ll make myself do something humiliating.”

“Like give Ted Cruz a blow job?”

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Vamos a Valencia

RSD 58

If one were to listen to the universe or believe in signs, one might be cajoled into believing today’s Day One Run (in which we will not address how words that don’t look alike can rhyme, #englishishard) was not meant to be.

But fuck you Universe … I finished it anyway.  And I’m over the moon.

I’ve been waiting for quite a while for today.  It’s exactly 14 weeks before the Valencia half, and there’s been a new 14-week program in the pipeline for a good long time now.  Based on some chats I’ve had, for now it seems said program is basically the fitness equivalent of Godot. Or the man my realtor says is coming to fix the bathtub that he broke several months ago.

Rather than dwell on what’s not gonna happen, I’ve decided to go back to my old pal Rochelle and follow her 12-week half training program. She had me huffing and puffing and wheezing and sometimes swearing when I used her 10k program, and not only was I pleased with my results, but downright surprised. I made gains. I set PRs. I had fun (in a masochistic sort of way) doing it and I got faster and stronger and I started feeling like a runner.

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