Today while I was getting my butt kicked by the treadmill and my speed workout I was thinking back to early last October when this adventure began. Rather than do a basic 12 week training program I decided to do Smartcoach from Runners World and basically it just starts you training that day (thank goodness the girls were up for the challenge so I didn't have to go it alone). My "training" will end up be 36 weeks for the Utah Valley marathon and a full year for St. George. CRAZY!! When I first started I thought it might burn me out but honestly I don't know if I've ever loved running more than I do right now. I feel stronger running than ever and I spend way more time running too :)
The first week of the training my speed work was an 8:00 min/mile. I remember feeling great that I conquered it and today I was running close to that for my "jogs" between my speed intervals. The distance was only 4 miles with 2 mile intervals too and today I did 10.5 miles with 5 mile intervals. It makes me happy to see my progress.
Today's workout: 10.5 miles total. Warm up 1 mile. 5 sets of intervals at a 7:18 pace with 1/2 mile jogs between then finish with another 2 miles then a half mile cool down walk.