Speedwork. Scary, fun, amazing, tough, great, and daunting.
rarely do any official, regimented speedwork when I am not raring up
for a race. Some of my runs are naturally tempo or full of farleks, but
I don't ever do mile repeats if I don't have a race on the horizon.
because I have an enormous fear of failure (big surprise) and like to
keep my off-training running stress-free and without limits. It's
easier to run just to run. After all these years of running, I have a
good sense of what 'normal' running is for me. Some days I run fast as
hell because it feels so good to have a lung-searing session and other
times I just bop along like the big goober that I am.
But now that marathon training is in order again, it's time to ramp
up this 'official' business and try to stick to the plan. I've
(smartly) rearranged my running days this week to accommodate work and
illness so today ended up being the speedwork day.
have gone in the late morning, but we ended up taking 2 of the 3 furkids
to the vet for their check-ups/vaccinations. That was fun.... After
we were finished, Adam wanted to get lunch and against better judgement,
we got a giant box of tacos from Taco Bell. Doritos Locos are so
trashy, but I think we all know that my food tastes run the gamut from
foie gras to french fries. Fast forward an hour and a half and I decide
that the Falcons are doing great (20-0) and that I wouldn't miss much
while I did my run.
It wasn't too bad. I felt a little queasy
at the end of the 3rd repeat, but I was pushing myself so I'm not sure
that it was taco-related. I did a mile warm-up, 3x1600 with 800m jogs
in between, and finished with a mile cool down. My goal was to do the
1600s in 7:38 and I hit them at 7:20, 7:04, and 7:09. Woot! I might
have whittled those down to sub 7s if it was cooler (70s with 80%
humidity in January, ugghhh!!!) and I ran pre-tacos.
I have a couple of easy runs, a tempo, and a 14-miler. I'm not worried
about the 14-miler since my base mileage has been great in the past few
months and I ran a 16-miler a few weeks ago without issue. It's the
18+ long runs that start to make me feel like, whoa, I AM marathon
No hills for me this week, but I did get 2 more
sessions of strength training in even though I felt like poo for 4
days. And I stuck to my plan of not running my long run all
kamikaze-like. I'll take 2 out of 3 goals accomplished this week.T