This morning, for the first time, I ran in a sports bra.
It was awesome and breezy and I loved it. I didn’t really feel like anyone was looking at me and honestly, who cares anyway? I like to feel as close to naked as possible when I run and if people think my attire choice is questionable, they can pace me with a fan and atomized Evian.
More significantly, this morning marked my first earnest attempt at speed work. I don’t have a time goal for the half but I thought I’d play around with my midweek training runs. It’s fun to have new challenges and though I don’t need to hit a particular pace, it will certainly make those 13 miles easier, right?
I set out with the intention of doing the following intervals:
0.5 miles at a steady pace
0.25 miles LIGHTNING SPEED
As you can see, mission was accomplished for the first half of the run. The second half, not so much…
The weather was absolutely perfect for this type of run. It was overcast, cool, and I was nearly naked. When I set off on the first “fast” interval, I FELT LIKE LOLOALLYSONSANJACARMELITA SUPERWOMAN. It felt great to really run and I look forward to when I can sustain that pace without my heart exploding out of my mouth. It wasn’t really that bad but I found myself bargaining and wanting to change plan as soon as I slowed down from the first fast interval. I debated dropping the second fast interval but once it came up, I went for it and pushed through.
When the running robot told me to speed up a third time, I obeyed for about 0.10 of a mile before I dropped back to a significantly slower run. My heart rate just never came down to a comfortable level. It was a serious struggle to keep running the remaining mile and a half. I abandoned the speed goal and just focused on NOT QUITTING. When I was prompted to speed up for the last quarter mile, I gave it what I had.
It’s important to know what it feels like to run tired. To run when you want to stop. To run when you’ve “failed” (though I don’t at all consider this workout a failure). I loved finding a new way to push myself today. Clearly, I needed to either run the fast intervals slower, shorten them, or lengthen the recovery time. I will surely try all of these things but I will also use this workout as a way to measure improvement, as I have with my regular 5k runs.
YAY SPEED WORK! What’s your favorite kind? Tell me about how your speed has increased over time!