A few firsts occurred so let’s talk about them:
*First speed work session with the official Runners Corner group done and DONE! Many many more to come. I can officially say that doing a speed workout with a group pushes me 40% more than what I would do on my own. I do need to be careful to make sure I am not overdoing it in my speed workouts trying to keep up but running with them definitely helped me to get out of my comfort zone more than normal!
*I did my first ever speed workout without music on PURPOSE. I put one AirPod in my ear during the first one and took it out 8 seconds later because I just don’t like music right now while running (like during the 5k… the music drove me crazy). I’ve ALWAYS used music during speed and I’ve decided with this training cycle, I’m going to go without it. It’s really nice to be super focused on my breathing or my form and make up my own beat with my feet.
*We used the markings on the trail to mark the distance. I have run on this trail for 21ish years and seen the little triangles on the trail and just learned yesterday what they all mean. It took me a little while to figure them out and what they mean (and I asked a million questions) but it was really fun and made me look at my watch even less than normal. I even did a few intervals without looking at my watch once the entire time. I went off of effort and stopped at the markers. Not looking at my watch meant that I didn’t get freaked out by the faster numbers and I just went a pace that I knew I could hold onto during the rest of the interval.
We met at six and it was raining so I went through a very big dilemma over whether I should wear a hat or stick with the power bun. I stuck with the power bun and it stopped raining after the warm-up which was really nice.
I was cold in the beginning but by the 5th interval I was so grateful I didn’t wear more layers because I was burning up and it was 40 degrees ha. I get very hot during speed.
The workout called for 8-10 1000s (.62 miles) and when I got to the 8th I felt like I had one more in me but decided that is when I needed to stop. We don’t want to dig ourselves into a hole on our workouts and we want to feel like we have another interval or two left in us when we finish.
My legs were definitely shaking by the end.
During the last two intervals I repeated to myself a few times, “I am comfortable” and I felt the biggest difference. It is my favorite way to trick myself into not slowing down and holding the pace.
I also took one interval at a time, there is no need to think about any of your future intervals… just think about where you are right now!
4 mile w/u, 8 x 1000 (1 slightly down, 1 slightly up, 1 slightly down, 1 slightly up, 3 slightly down, 1 flat), c/d. I think my average for the intervals was around 5:53 pace and I am very thrilled about that. Our coach told us to go faster than 5k pace (my last 5k was 6:18 pace). PS after each interval we stopped to catch our breathe and then took a jog (some longer than others).
Thirteen miles total for the day!
Andrew, the girls and I slept at my parents’ house the night before so that I could join the group! He had to go to work and I got home from the workout 20 minutes after the girls woke up so it worked out nicely.
Then I picked up Knox from his mom and we took a few of his friends to the park (and I got in a lot of stretching there).
Just thinking she is a big kid.
A lot of time was spent in my recovery boots. Skye made me some cookies.
Speaking of cookies… I buy chocolate chips for cookies but then I always seem to eat more of them straight out of the canister than use them for cookies.
Rice, chicken, peppers, corn, beans, lettuce, avocado, cilantro bowls… aka just using whatever ingredients we have ready for a bowl of goodness. Speed work makes me hungry and this was very satisfying!
This meal was eaten during Skye’s complete 90 minute meltdown so while she was on my hip, I scarfed this down:). Just keeping it real… last night was rough but the highs don’t feel as good without the lows:)
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Any firsts with your running lately?
How often do you listen to music while you race/do a speed workout?
Any other chocolate chip snackers?
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