Yesterday, I went out for an easy 4. This month’s base building calls for midweek runs of 4, 3, and 4 miles with long(er) runs of varying lengths. My plan was to do an easy run and save speedwork for today’s 3 mile.
I don’t know if it was the cold temperatures or being *nearly naked* but speed was on the menu.
I started to run by feel, with the intention of feeling comfortable. My breathing felt a little strong but steady and comfortable so I attributed it to a combination of the cold air and warming up my body. I noticed how good the warm sensation in my calves felt in the chilly temperatures. After about a half mile, I glanced down at my pace and saw just under a 9mm. Most definitely my tempo pace and not my warm-up, easy run pace. Whoops. Decided to roll with it and figured that my body would tell me if I needed to slow down. While I try to negative split every run (because I’m psychotic), this time I was cool with a slower back half.
As I neared my turnaround point, I was really working and showing an 8:30 pace. My body was also aggressively requesting a bathroom stop. Decided to kick it in to the turnaround (shaving off another 5 seconds!), relieve myself, and turn around for 2 more miles. Actually EASY this time.
Here’s the first half:
And here’s the return run:
I just had my speedy legs yesterday. I don’t know how to explain it! When I started running again after the bathroom stop, it felt easy and the pace was the same: fast! I embraced it and had the best 3.5 mile tempo run ever!
(Wait, what do you call it when your tempo run is faster than your tempo?!)
Now, I fully realize that this is not FAST in the greater scheme of things but to sustain that pace over multiple miles shocked me. And if I’d really wanted to, I had more to give. I was nowhere near throwing up or spontaneously combusting. I think my RunKeeper description says it all:
First half: “Unexpected glimpse into the future. Fast. Dug. No pain.”
Second half: “Tempo part two?? Wtf?! Felt great!!”
Ever surprise yourself with a speedy workout? Because, it feels pretty awesome and you should definitely try it.