In the literal context, it’s the shower curtain rod. That’s where I hang my hats to dry after I’ve hand washed them in the bathroom sink. In the figurative context, I’m referring the mileage I put in this week. Here’s how it shook out:
Monday: 6 miles easy
Tuesday: 3 miles easy
Wednesday AM: 6 miles easy
Wednesday PM: 3 miles 7:20 min/mile pace
Thursday: 3 miles easy
Friday: 4 miles easy
Saturday: 10 miles
Total: 35 miles
35 miles ain’t too shabby, albeit with the total loss of strength training workouts. Wednesday evening’s speedwork was a bit of an accident. I showed up at the park to run with Meredith, but she pulled a switcharoo on me. She was feeling sick and did not want to run, but she introduced me to Ben, a member of her Ragnar team. Ben and I ran with Britt for about a half mile before kicking it up into a torrential downpour. It’s apparently been a long time since Ben ran “just 3 miles” and he was feeling a bit uppety in the pace department. I have to admit that I showed up expecting a little 3 mile shake out run with Meredith and Scott, but I’m happy to say that I held up quite well to the faster pace. In fact, the third mile was completed in 7:10 and I felt like I had at least one more mile at that pace in me.
This week, I’ll be skipping the weights again and my mileage will be down because I’m running a 10K on Saturday. I’m very confident I’ll be under 45 minutes and might even flirt with my time from the same raced last year (42:xx). I think a PR is probably out of the question, though. This more or less marks the end of “base building”. Once I’ve got the 10K race time under my belt, I’ll have an established VDOT and that means I can’t use “I don’t know what pace to run” as an excuse for not doing speed work anymore.