Friday, October 14, 2011

It's All Downhill From Here?

The phrase, "It's All Downhill From Here" has always confused me. Is it something you say as a positive thing or a negative thing? When things go downhill that's generally a negative thing. But if you've been struggling and now "it's all downhill from here", that makes me think the hard part is over and you can just coast the rest of the way. After all, going downhill is easy, right?

In this case, I'm using it as a positive statement. Today was the last mid-week run of my Peak Week. I have a monster Long Run coming up on Sunday but all of my mid-week runs get shorter and shorter from here on out. As an added bonus, today's run went really well.

I ran over to the high school track this morning for more Bannister Repeats. Today was 8 x 400 meters and they went incredibly smoothly. I considered only running 6 intervals after struggling a bit this week but I really wanted to finish my Peak Week strong and I was feeling pretty good after 4 intervals so I decided to run all 8. My leg didn't bother me at all and my stride felt surprisingly smooth. I was definitely laboring to keep things controlled by the last interval, but that's to be expected.

It was nice to end the week on a high note. It makes it easier to face the 22 miles looming just a day away.

As an added bonus, Liz and I took The Cricket for a walk and noticed a package waiting on the front porch. It was another box of goodies from ING! This time they were nice enough to send two t-shirts... an ING Runner's Nation short-sleeve t-shirt and an ING New York City Marathon long-sleeve tech shirt! I'll add them to the list of gear to talk about tomorrow.

Goal For The Day: Bannister Repeats.
Distance: 6.19 Miles.
Time: 8 x 400m (1:17, 1:14, 1:14, 1:14, 1:16, 1:14, 1:14, 1:15).
Route: Eureka H.S. Track.
Conditions: 50 degrees. 7:15am.

Notes: 2.10 Mile jog to the track. 4 x 800m. 2.09 Mile jog home. 2 minutes rest between intervals. Goal was 1:15 each. Chilly morning! I was still okay in a short-sleeve t-shirt but my hands were cold. Finally a little cooler weather! I delayed posting this to watch the end of the Cardinals game. That's a winner! One more, boys!!!

Daily Miles: 6.19 Miles.
Blog Totals:
  Run - 458.51 Miles.
  Bike - 144.45 Miles.
  Swim - 12,050+ meters.

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