No time to say much today. Irritated as hell with my secretary right now, seriously want to scream. But I have managed two commutes on foot so far this week, so I felt the need to document it. I ran home last night, and ran back to work today.
Once again, I stopped at the track along the way to attempt to bust out a few Yasso 800s. When I drafted my Houston marathon training schedule a few weeks ago, I ambitiously decided I'd do 6 the first week, and that meant 7 this week.
As I reported, I only did 2 last week.
I'm happy to say that I did 4 this week. That's still obviously not good for a marthon in about 6 weeks, but at least it's progress.
I was right on target for the first one, 3 seconds fast for the second, 2 seconds slow for the third, and right on for the last one. Of course they felt like death again, though the first one was perhaps a tiny bit easier. And it was a major battle to talk myself into doing the 4th one. The blog actually helped I think.
Not that anyone really gives a $hit, but I kept thinking it would be lame to say I only did 3, so I was aiming for 3.5. And as with last week, I was on pace at 3.5, so I decided to try to push to finish the last lap, but I kept mentally saying, maybe I can report I did 3.6, then 3.75, then 3.85... Ugh!
I realized that at least how it works out for me is that Yasso pace is very close to 5k pace. So to be ready to run this marathon, I should be able to do 5 miles (10 Yassos) at 5k pace. Of course the recovery intervals in between each repeat are key, but wow, I have a long way to go.
I'm really not feeling great about this upcoming marathon. If I couldn't hit my goal in Berlin (a world record course on a day with perfect weather) coming off a full summer training season where I busted my butt, how on earth am I hoping to half-@ss train for a couple months and then magically think I can get the goal in Houston?
Argh! I know, all I can do is give it my best. And maybe those summer training months will pay off yet, they're just temporarily buried under 10 extra pounds and an @ssload of laziness...