OK, I lied about waddling. I mean I like waddling, but I also like training:) Finally, I could put a good week down (well, the weekend is still to come). I had good runs every day, two doubles, 2 great gym sessions (I also started with assisted pull ups and my shoulder are killing me, but at least I was able to adjust weight by second time), awesome trail run on Tuesday afternoon in Tryon park, where I ran the whole time, every hill, and was thinking back to 2005, when that was the grounds of my WS100 training. The weather was nice too, with warm sun rays and not a cloud in a sky for that particular period.
Wednesday I was back to the track for repeats...all alone. It was good, I often tend to push more by myself. One thing of note - no matter how many miles I warm up for, I still start intervals very slow and gain speed as I click them out one by one. It's like I need to warm by with speed to put down a speedwork? Another thing, I was focusing on shorter strides and higher cadence - man, may be it made me faster a bit, but took so much concentration! But I felt strong and back to normal.
Since we were totally spoiled by sunny days and no rain for a whole month here, last night, when it started to drizzle and went on to this morning, I took my run to the gym. As soon as I arrived, I couldn't believe I had to hop on a treadmill! Haven't been on it since December or so? It was a slow go at first, but then I decided to make it fun and hit the hill repeats (at low intensity though, as the 3 days prior were all quite high). So, I did 0.5M repeats at 4.5%, 6% and 8% at 75% HR, and then entertained further by running flat and increasing speed every 2 minutes by increments of 0.1 mph. The dark window was right in front of me, and I just watched Scott Jurek's tips on uphill running from Runner's World, so I was working on hip tilt and again, shorter steps and higher knee drive. I have to admit, it does work, as I was hitting the front rail as opposed to my normal long stride (at the same set speed), but it involved a lot of focus on core (and core does get a workout!) and general paying attention. May be it'd be good for the future references, but I am not sure it is important to me enough right now at this point of my life (I got too much to focus on besides my posture, may be next year).
Speaking of rain and spoiled PNW-ers, it's going to be cold and wet at Chuckanut 50k!!! I was joking may be I should wimp out and stay home...what do you say? Gail, Mike and I are carpooling after I finish working (boohoo poor them non-working folks, they have to wait for me and hit the traffic!) on Friday and we should be in Seattle spending night with Big Steve. I bet it'll be fun pre-run dinner! Gail got injured, so she'll take it slow and cautious, Mike and I are running through it as a training run, and I am freaking out for my "no-watch" experience - no matter how little I use it, it is still reassuring to have it on the wrist. What will happen? Will I crawl? Will I bust and die?Will I forget to eat on time? Ouch...a different type of challenge. But looking forward to see all the WA folks at the Chukanut, and then visit PacRim 24hr to see those nutcases!