I should mention that hubs has created multiple training plans for me in the past and I have yet to follow through with one. I've always slacked off, done my own thing and/or stuck with the schedule provided by the clinic/group I train with (less aggressive). This year, I decided that I wanted to take my training to the next level; higher mileage, longer/more tempo runs and yes, MWML runs! Hubs patiently and painstakingly created yet another schedule for me (probably thinking I wonder if she'll actually follow this one...), loosely based on one of the Pfitz plans. I requested some tweaks here and there, incorporated my planned races and added a few others that hubs suggested for pacing and tune-up purposes.
So here we are in week 4 and I've been following the plan to a T (much to hubs' surprise and delight!). My tempo runs (and cruise intervals) have been going great and I've successfully completed four MWML runs of 16K (10mi). Suddenly, they aren't so intimidating anymore. This just feels like routine... 4:30AM wake-ups and all!
This morning I was out the door by 5. The cool, crisp air from yesterday was nowhere to be found, but it didn't feel too bad out there. The first few clicks felt slow and sluggish as I gradually woke up and shook out some lingering fatigue from yesterday's workout. I enjoyed the quiet, peaceful streets, alone with my thoughts on anything and everything... or sometimes nothing at all! Before I knew it, I was back on my door step.
16.0K - 9.94mi - 1:33:31
Next week I increase to 18K and soon enough I'll find myself running half marathon distance on Wednesdays. There's nowhere to go but forward and I know I'll get there, one run at a time.