Supermodel and I had words on our run yesterday. Like it's not exhausting enough simply running. We have to elevate our heart rates and blood pressure by adding a disagreement to the workout.
The plan? Run seven miles -- the first three easy, the last four at a slightly faster pace. Slightly. We live in a hilly area and get plenty of hill workouts. We both embrace our speed workouts on the track [flat!] and look forward to easy runs, preferably with as few hills as possible.
I thought I had selected the perfect route for us, considering our lack of options. Supermodel let me know for nearly the first three miles how the subtle hills on our route were more difficult than... I don't know. Running in Kansas? We live at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. She suggested a possible turn at the 1.5 mile mark. I disagreed. We debated the inclines and declines on various stretches of road in our area... for way too long.
I may not have a little surveyor-guy living in my head like Supermodel apparently does, but I think I know the difference between flat and hilly.
To review, example "A" does not exist in our area. We are surrounded by examples "B, C and D", however I believe we ran on a section of road similar to example "E". Supermodel reserves the right to disagree with me, and provide us a flatter course in the future.
For you, my friend...
Blue = completed workouts this week. Red = workouts awaiting me.
M - 7 miles: 3 miles easy, 4 slightly faster [level 6]
T - Elliptical 35 minutes; lift weights
W - 4 miles with 5 x 20 sec strides
Th - Intervals: 1 mi warm-up; 6 x .5 mile repeats @ level 8 [.25 mi recovery]; 1 mi cool-down
F - cross train [bike or elliptical]; lift weights
Sa - 11 miles on trails
Su - Off