I took the beginning of the week off to rest from the race last weekend, and I started running again on Wednesday. I ran a 4 mile recovery run at an 8:29/mile pace, and then last night- on the hottest day of the year so far- I did my first interval workout.
IT. KICKED. MY. BUTT.
I can only blame myself because:
- I chose a route that had a huge hill in it at the beginning.
- I decided to sleep in which means I ended up running in the evening in temperatures that I am not used to AT ALL yet.
It's obvious to see where the big hill is when you look at my intervals- 7:46, 8:52, 7:26, 6:46, 6:59, 6:56. The first 2.5 miles are up hill (with the biggest hill in mile 2, and the last 4.5 miles home are a gradual down hill). I did a half mile cool down at an 8:30. To be honest, I had no idea I was going to be able to run ANY intervals at under a 7:00/mile pace. My goal was to keep them under 8:00, so I am very very happy with what I was able to do.
Running these intervals makes me so curious as to what I will be able to do a marathon in. I keep thinking that I want to just take it easy and get some experience first, but I feel like if I just push myself a tiny little bit, that I will be able to walk away with a Boston Qualifying time...
What should I do? Take it easy? Go for it? What would you do? I'm searching for any advice here from someone that has run a marathon!
On Saturday I am scheduled to run 14 miles- this will be the furthest I have ever run. I'm both anxious and excited. Aaahhh! Let the marathon training begin!!!