The training is good. That is all.

Crap. I was going to do weekly training updates and then I didn’t do them.

No desire to go through the training log to recap, so let’s just say this: I feel great. Training is going well. My back has been sore occasionally, which I’m still trying to figure out (it’s not every day or after every run, so it’s weird), but I’ve been slowing down on my recovery days to truly recover. I’ve been hitting my paces/workouts as prescribed. And this morning, after my “easy three with strides,” I saw some paces I’d never seen before. Ever.

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See split #12: 6:58. WHUUUT.

And not just that one, but the others: 7:02, 7:12, etc. I know these are just 30 second efforts, but I’ve never been able to do that before.

Could running slowly be making me faster?

I would probably attribute this to all the new things I’ve been doing lately: cross training, squats, strength training when I remember (which is not often enough).

At any rate, I’ll take gladly take it.

As for the heart rate training, I’m mostly following this book “Heart Monitor┬áTraining for the Compleat Idiot” by John Gardner, if you’re interested.

And the Believe Journal? I love it. I’m thoroughly enjoying spending a few minutes each day recapping workouts. It’s making me think more about my training and how I’m feeling. I highly recommend picking one up.

I’ll try to pick up again with the recaps next week. Also, you can read a short post I’ve got up on the Another Mother Runner blog about training, goals, and looking ahead to the future.