I am jumping into week six of the plan so that it coincides with the race Stephanie chose. In week six, there is a key workout that looks like this:
10 minutes easy
3 miles at race pace
10 minutes easy
For a sub-60 time goal, that would make the race pace miles at 9:39/mile. When I saw 9:39, I was relieved because compared to my training in the spring, it sounded pretty easy. Well, a 20-pound summer weight gain and very little training certainly caught up with me! haha
I headed out at around 10:30 this morning, and I immediately wished I'd gone earlier. It was 73 degrees with 70% humidity! That's not bad at all when you compare to it summer; but, for October in Michigan, that wasn't very comfortable running weather. I did the warm up at a nice, easy pace, and then as soon as I started the race pace miles, I knew I was in for a real workout.
It felt tough! I held a 9:30-ish pace, and even just half a mile in, I started thinking of excuses that I could use to stop early. Stephanie had just nailed this workout a couple of days ago, so I kept that in mind as I was running. I certainly don't want to let her down. It was just kind of amazing that six months ago, my race pace runs were at a 7:55 pace; and now, a 9:30 pace feels just as hard as that 7:55 did then.
It was hard, but I pushed myself to get in all three miles at 9:30. (I totally forgot about doing a cool down mile).
Even though it was tough, it felt kind of nice to have a pace goal today. I've been running without purpose for about six months, and having a purpose to this workout was nice.
Today, we have someone coming to look at our furnace. It needs to be replaced :( I had NO idea just how expensive furnaces are! Ours was new with our house back in 2003, so it's now 13 years old. I'm sure it was a very cheap model (we have a manufactured home, and I didn't know better at the time to upgrade the appliances), and I'm actually surprised it lasted as long as it did.
Thankfully, my brother knows a guy who installs furnaces, so he will give us a good deal on the the labor; but the furnace itself is a necessary, yet really boring, expense. (By "boring", I just mean that it's not fun to buy. Spending money on a vacation or a new car or something is fun; a furnace just isn't exciting.) It seems like every time we finally start getting some money saved in an emergency fund, something goes wrong (like the water heater recently) and we have to spend it!
We've been having problems with the furnace for a few years now, so it will actually be nice to not have to worry about it. Rumor has it that we're going to have a very harsh, cold winter, so I would hate to have to deal with this a few months down the road! Better to get it done now.
Speaking of a harsh winter, I really need to starting thinking about a new treadmill. The timing is terrible, because of the furnace issue, but my treadmill is going to die any day. I haven't even used it in a long time because it's rickety and it's had issues with slowing the speed instantly while I'm running, which is scary. I've been looking online for one, but it's totally overwhelming! Do any of you have a treadmill that you absolutely love and recommend? I want one that is good quality and will last a long time. I don't need all the bells and whistles of TV screens, internet, etc. Just regular old speed and incline (and, preferably, a quiet motor). I appreciate any suggestions!