Thursday, March 19, 2009

Zippedy Doo Dah!

I am feeling very ZIPPY tonight!

I have been marvelling at Terri's speed lately as she reports on her great track workouts. I have been thinking to myself that I didn't think I could run that fast. That changed tonight.
I had a speed workout on the schedule. It was 3 X 1600 at a 7:50 pace with 800m jogs in between. I had a hard time motivating myself because I knew it was going to be hard work. A long run can be relaxing. Speed workout? Not so much. I finally got around to heading out to the track around 5 p.m. Maybe I should run at that time more often.

I don't know what got into me, but even my warm-up mile was fast:
warm up mile: 8:31 (probably not the smartest pace to start out)
interval mile 1: 6:45!!!!!! (That is my fastest mile EVER. I never thought I had that in me. What was in that wrap I had for lunch???)
interval mile 2: 7:24
interval mile 3: 7:28

My overall pace was an average of 7:57, including the 1/2 mile jogs in between the intervals. I don't understand why my tempo run last week was so difficult! I struggled to keep up an 8:25 pace for four miles. This afternoon? My biggest struggle was not being able to get anywhere near my target pace. My friend, Jen, always says her evening runs are way faster than her morning runs. I guess I am the same way. The problem is, I nearly blew off today's run. I have to get it out of the way or else it is too easy to get distracted, derailed and demotivated.

So where do I sign up for the 5 p.m. 5K??

On tap: a 20 mile run this weekend. I am actually looking forward to it.

happy running, everyone!


Irish Cream said...

Daaaaang! Those are some smoking 1600s, Lisa! You are SUPER speedy! Best of luck with the 20-miler this weekend :)

Anonymous said...

Whoa.... Super fast! That's awesome!

Both you and Terri are impressing me with these track workouts. If I could actually find a track that was open to the public, I should try some of these drills.

mamabrande said...

That is awesome!! When you figure out what youhad for lunch, you'll let us all know, right?
There is a "Make it by midnight marathon and half-marathon" here in late July. When I first read about it I wondered how running at the opposite side of the day would affect I know! lol

MCM Mama said...

Woah! What's your secret? I've been speeding up lately, but you are getting seriously fast! Great running!

AKA Alice said...

Wow! That is impressive...

What WAS in that wrap?

In October there's the "Light the Night against Crime" 5K in Balboa Park. It starts at 7pm...there's your PR!

RunnerMom said...

Wow, that is incredibly fast!!

Oz Runner said...

wow...i'm going to start calling you speedy gonzalez....a 5pm 5K sounds good....your warm up pace is about as fast as my speed work pace...

Marathonman101108 said...

EXCELLENT Lisa. I am not worthy!! Hope your 20 miler went well.

Kristin said...

I continue to be amazed and impressed... this is looking to be a stellar--more stellar--year for you!

Anonymous said...

um...yeah...i run those paces for less than a mile!!! you are freaking amazing!

sorry to be absent this last week or so, i am seeing lots of exclamations in your posts - i am so happy for you!


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