I was surprisingly sore after the track workout Wednesday. My quads and hamstrings were trashed for like 2 days. I was shocked! I guess that means I should be doing more of that kind of speed work.
I got my swimming and biking in on Thursday but was very lazy about it, doing the bare minimum of both. Friday I had a good run but crapped out on the swim after 1000 yards. Whatever, I am ok with this since my running volume was big this week. I keep reminding myself that running is my focus now, and will be for the next 6 weeks or so. Tri training really begins in May after the Eugene half marathon.
Today's long run was awesome. For the first time in a really long time (months, at least) I ran alone. Zach was only doing 12 miles and wanted to run a faster pace, so he would have been waiting for at least an hour if we drove out together. So he just ran from home and I drove out to Southeast Portland and ran east on the Springwater Corridor to Greshem. It was pretty nice- low 50's and partly cloudy. Trying to be spring, and I applaud the effort. It was perfect for running in shorts and a t-shirt. I loaded up my iPod and packed a couple Gu's and headed out on my solo adventure.
There were quite a few people out on the trail, and every single one said Good Morning. Portland is so friendly. It's pretty rural in places so I saw horses, goats, and sheep, along with a wild bunny and a tiny mouse. Plus all the birds were going crazy and there were frogs croaking in the ponds. It was lovely!
I ran really consistent pace- all my miles were right around 8:40. It felt really easy until the last few miles when my body started to hurt in the normal ways. I am not too sore this afternoon though, nothing like after a few measly laps around that track!
Here's the stats below for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, plus one cell-phone pic from today's run.
30 minutes easy spin on trainer
5.3 miles/47:18/8:57 average pace
Powerline trail in Beaverton
16.0 miles/2:18:30/8:39 average pace
Springwater Corridor East
total miles for the week: 40.5!
We're heading out to grab some dinner and drinks and then possibly driving out to the Coast tomorrow afternoon. Of course there will be pictures! Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend. :)