This past week’s goal was to stick to the plan. I’ve been messing around with the days I run and I honestly don’t prefer to do that, unless it’s necessary. I love my schedule of running Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
I took this past Sunday off due to the weird butt/back pain, but also because I needed to cut back on some miles. It would’ve been too big of a jump to go from 22 to high 30s, so Sunday seemed like the right day to take a rest day instead.
Saturday: 14 miles (9:30 avg. pace) – I did this on the treadmill, for some reason it was more motivating to do it inside instead of outside in the blistery weather. Plus, I started late and the thought of traveling to Central Park was unappealing and time consuming. I tried to make the treadmill run somewhat hilly to make up for it.
Tuesday: 2x 1600, 800, 400 (7:49, 3:39, 1:47) (7:51, 3:42, 1:47) 7 miles total.
This was the hardest speedwork I have EVER done. No lie. I thought I was going to puke and die. People at the gym were probably concerned. I I made it through the second mile repeat and was almost done, I only had 1 more 800, and 400 to go, but I absolutely needed a break, if only for a minute. I went to the locker room to regroup and wipe some sweat off my face. Then, I hopped right back on and pushed through. But, yeah holy shit, hardest freaking speedwork ever! I think the 800s were the worst. I am so proud of myself for nailing this workout. Now, next week’s 3 mile-repeats look like a piece of cake! Please don’t make me do this again…
Wednesday: Easy 4 miles (9:27 avg. pace)
Thursday: 6 mile Tempo – My first tempo run of the season! Ahhh, I feel like these used to be somewhat easy, but not this time around. With a whole minute knocked off my tempo pace this training round, they are looking a little more scary. This run was probably a little harder than it should’ve been, and I blame Tuesday’s run. Anyway, 1 mile w/u and c/d and 4 miles done at a gruesome 8:20 pace.
Friday: Core Strengthening Workshop at Yoga Agora in Astoria
Total: 31 miles, 1 cross training session
No strength training sessions this week. Somewhat intentional, I feel like I needed a break physically, but I was sure to get in at least 1 good cross training session at the yoga workshop.
What is the craziest speed workout you’ve ever done? Did you feel amazing afterwards?