Remember last week's post about running being hard? That was again true during Monday's speedwork. In the middle of 5.3 miles, I did 3 x 1600 @ 8:20 each (w/3 minute recovery). Halfway through the second 1600, I thought I was going to die. I realized I was gasping for breath so I really focused on my breathing after that. It wasn't easy but was certainly more bearable, and focusing on my breathing was a good distraction.
The most remarkable thing about the run: less than two weeks ago, Alicia and I were talking about her speedwork and how I could never do my 1600s in 8:27 like she does. She thought I could and said I would probably surprise myself if I tried. I can do my 800s that fast or even a little faster, but 1600 is twice as far my friends. But I did try. And I did it. It's amazing how much someone's confidence in you can push you to do things you didn't think were possible!
There are 10 miles (on the treadmill) on the schedule tonight and a tempo run on Friday. I am hoping to get an update on here between now and Saturday, but I have a special post written and scheduled for Friday in case that doesn't happen.
My to-do list from Monday is blissfully smaller already. I have even packed over half our stuff for Hawaii. It helps that it is too cold here to wear most of what we need to pack. This will be my first trip to Hawaii. I am really excited, but not as excited as my little midge though. She will be 4-years-old on Sunday and has been telling everyone for months that she is going to Hawaii for her birthday. During last weekend's tsunami scare, we prepared her for the possibility that we might not be able to go. We even offered Disney World or Disneyland in exchange, but her heart was set on Hawaii. All she really knows about Hawaii is there is a beach and three swimming pools and she will get to swim. We are also going with some friends she adores. The only way she would settle for Disney was if they came too. Luckily we are still going to Hawaii so all is still right with her world.