On Tuesday I ran my longest and quickest progression run thus far – 8 miles, averaging 6:17 pace (6:53, 6:45, 6:32, 6:21, 6:15, 6:01, 5:54, 5:42)! I have made huge strides recently, as I finished the last 3 miles of Tuesdays workout 20 seconds faster than a 3 mile steady state 5 weeks ago 🙂 My coach likes to pump me up by telling me that other people aren’t doing this type of training – “it’s Shalane Flannagan type of training” he’s said. I think, if last year he had told me I’d be doing this type of training I would have laughed in his face. Although that would have clearly came back to bite me – seeing how I’m doing it now, and doing it well. But I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been easy. The long progression runs are both mentally and physically draining. I take 1-2 hr naps daily and have taught myself to stay controlled and make the paces feel as easy as possible. Also, every other week or so I run long at South Mountain – a climb of 1,600 feet and 14 miles (basically all of the uphill is in the first half). But if this is what it takes to be great I will most certainly do it. I don’t think many things come easy, especially in this sport where you get out of it exactly what you put into it.
“It’s easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top.” – Henry Beecher