|Me and Thomas running together while at my parents' house.|
I added speed work back in this past week. I decided to do the same speedworkout I had done 3 times at the beginning of the season last fall. I thought it would be a good way to gauge where I'm at right now compared to where I was then. I know I took 3 weeks off from speed work and hard runs so I should be a little behind where I was last year. But I had also been doing speed work since May compared to no speedwork until August last year so there was a chance I would be in a similar place as far as my speed goes. I was curious and interested to see where I stand. I was excited when I got home and saw that I had run faster splits for all of my repeats compared to each time I ran the workout last fall. Even though I took some time off from speed work, I don't think it has hurt me too much and I think in the long run it will benefit me because I gave my body that time to rest and get back to where I needed it to be. Even though having a tough season in the spring really sucked, I'm so glad I had that experience to learn from so I can now make better choices going forward! I feel like I have more flexibility and control now that I don't have a coach anymore and that's actually working much better for me. I was surprised to find out after my experience in the spring I was more cautious than my coach was and I'd rather err on the side of caution at this point. I'm excited for my first fall race coming up this weekend, The Corndog Challenge 5k, where I will eat a chicken and waffle, a caramel apple, and drink a mimosa while running 3.1 miles.