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!