I am finally getting pretty consistent in my running. As I was trying to get out of the Crohn's flare I finally broke up with forcing myself to run. I was being stubborn until January or so when I finally abandoned it. Every run was miserable and I think it was stressing me out even more which was definitely not needed. So I turned to stair climbing, elliptical and spin for a while.
The same week I started Remicade I began to feel better and eased back in.
The past couple of weeks I have finally been able to hit 20+ miles!
But, these runs are all easy and pitifully slow. 10 - 12 minute miles. I will do some surges and add some speed but not much. I still feel awfully out of shape and just slow as heck. I can't remember the last time that 10 minute miles was not my easy pace. It makes me sad but I am also trying to respect that my body is healing and just be happy that I can run.
That being said I decided that it is time to get down to business and integrate speed work back in if I have any hope of returning to the paces that I once was at. So this week I threw down some 400's!
I have no idea WHAT my goal paces should be - and I did this on the treadmill so I just started sub 9 and worked my way down:
8:57, 8:52, 8:49, 8:41, 8:37, 8:34, 8:32, 8:20
I am not going to lie towards the end I was feeling it, but that feeling of pushing and more importantly being able to push, oh how I missed it. So the goal is to continue to keep the mileage at least at 20 per week and also have one speed session. I am not training for anything. I am just building a base at this point. I might go do some races just for kicks but there aren't any goals at this point, I have a lot of work to do.
Before I really got "sick" my half marathon pace on a weekly basis was in the 8:30's one day I will get back there. Just kind of sad to see how hard the speed work was at those paces (indoors) and to know I used to bang out 13.1 miles at that. Sigh.
Next up...working up the courage to run outside. It scares the shit out of me (haha see what I did there?!) and I need to get over relying on the treadmill if I do ever want to regain the speed in general. I have my eye on it happening this week. Wish me luck!