"I love it when a plan comes together." - Hannibal Smith, The A Team
It's been a little tough getting back to Shangri-La since vacation. Last week, both my track sessions were pretty tough. I decided to hook up with a few of my fellow pals and race The Mile at the track. It's been about two years since I raced the mile, with my best time being 6:17. It was when I first started training with Capital Area Runners and I was hopeful if I kept training, by the end of summer, I'd see under 6. I never did.
Early this spring, as I played in Shangri-La , I thought if I raced a mile then, I might see under 6. But, I never did, vacation came, Mai-Tai's along with it and now I'm back to reality. Coach George told me I needed to go out and race the mile and just do it.
Three things happened:
1. I went in just hoping to beat my PR of 6:17 - I PR'd with 6:12. I hit the 800 at 3:10, so I was pleased that I was still able to push a little more the 2nd half. Who cares that I was the last one to cross the finish line?
2. Jessica got under 6, which is what she was aiming for, now she's got some new goals .
3. This Tuesday, 2 days after the mile race, our interval session was mile repeats (I love me mile repeats). I was smoking! I felt great, it felt easy, comfortable and after 3, I felt I still had another in the tank. Who knew that racing a mile was going to finally purge out the last remnants of Hawaii?
Now the goal is to get under 6 by the end of summer! Let's see if I can do it! Oh yeah, Coach George ran the mile too, he's back into his training mode, he ran 5:17. He said he wants to get under 5 by summers end. Who will get their goal first? My money's on George , since he has the muscle memory of having run in the 4's and I've never seen the 5's! But let's make it a challenge, shall we?
How did me, the girls and the coach celebrate running our mile? We headed over to Carderock where we ran another 8 miles, the fasties a bit ahead of me, luckily coach George stayed behind to run my slower pace and keep me company.
Everything's coming together post vacation, just like I planned... ;) Lawyers Have a Heart 10k is only 3 weeks away, hopefully tempo will show me some good signs tomorrow! Happy Thursday everyone!