Yes, I cheated. Don't tell my running group, but I ran with another group this evening. I just think that speed work is essential to getting faster. Don'cha think? My group just keeps running up hills.
Yes, I see the merit in that, but it seems to me that you can't just do that! I see the benefits of doing both. I don't know why my coach doesn't see it that way...but he doesn't. So...I jumped the fence and ran with a different group. They were some fast buggers!
This coach pointed at me and said "you run under 9 min. for five miles". Ummm...OK! So, I did a mile warm up, then ran 5 miles at an 8:50 pace. Holy hard Batman! I ran like I was being chased, and I wasn't last:) Yay!
I am going off book this weekend as well. I don't think my regular coach is jacking up the miles. He has a 14 mile run this weekend, it's just not enough. I am out of town this weekend, so I am doing 18 miles on my own:P Now is the time to pile on the miles, and that is what I am going to do. I will be back with the hill runners next Wed...I think.