Tuesday morning, I was the ultimate whimp. I kept telling myself it was due to being sick for the last week and a 1/2, but the reality is I think I was just looking for an excuse. I got up with my 4:40AM alarm, dressed, drove to the track, discovered it was cold, windy and misting then proceeded to drive back home. Without running. Yup, I was that girl. Lame.
Although the forecast said it would clear during the day, it didn’t so I summoned all my determination and headed to the gym for some treadmill time. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have discovered the joys of Netflix for the iPad. It seriously made my workout not only bearable but actually enjoyable. A-mazing.
Warm Up- 2 miles increasing the pace as I went to a 8:20
Main Set (all distances at Tempo pace): 2000 (8.0/~7:30 pace); 1600 (8.2/~7:20); 800 (8.4/7:10); 400 (8.4/7:10); 800 (8.4/7:10); 1600 (8.2/7:20); 2000 (8.2/7:20)
Cool Down: 1.5 miles (between 8-8:15 pace)
Total: 10 miles/1:19:44/7:58 pace
My favorite part of speed/track workouts? The fact that after pushing for the “shorter” intervals, the cool down pace seems so easy. I’m becoming really comfortable running between 8-8:15 which is a HUGE improvement for me. I’m excited to see how this plays out in both of my races this weekend.
I’m still debating how hard I want to run Saturday’s 5K since my “A” race for the weekend is Sunday’s 30K. I know I don’t just want to cruise Saturday because I want the practice running hard on tired legs. I also don’t think I want to try for a PR in the 5K because I don’t want to get injured. Thoughts, opinions…experience with these decisions?