|Look what my city installed 0.5 miles from my front door!|
I pulled off a pretty good week. Lots of home-cooked deliciousness. Several days of shoulder weights -- every day that it gets stronger and feels more stable I feel more comfortable running. This week included 5 days of running totaling 21.8 miles including a short solo effort at the new track to break it in.
Sunday AM, I jogged over to the new track where I did some drills and then busted out a 9:10 mile followed by 7X100 (26, 25, 24, 24, 24, 24, 24).
The 9:10 mile was the reality check I needed. Close to my sub 9 goal in the heat, but making it super obvious that my fitness still needs lots of work if I'm going to hit my 2018 running goal of Very Good on the Cooper Test.
But those 24 second 100s (several actually in the 23s, just rounded up)?
Oh, those were the positive inspiration my Des-winning-Boston-is-the-best-thing soul desired -- they signal my future fitness if I stay on the right track. I haven't run that fast in a long time, and certainly haven't felt safe running that hard with my shoulder until very recently. I floated on my cooldown and enjoyed the rest of the day with hopes of improved fitness. The only race goal I currently have is the Peachtree Road Race, which is unfortunate in its heat and hills and humidity, but a good goal to train for, nonetheless, as finishing requires fitness that will translate well into a good fall effort when I can benefit from cooler temperatures.
It's time to start removing the winter greens and make room for the tomatoes.
There are approximately 30 beets and at least 3 afternoons of blanching and freezing greens in my future.
|I've never seen a cilantro bush before...|