Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Trials of Miles

AM: 3+ mile w/u + strides
Target: 4xmile w/4 mins. rest
Actual: 5:23, 5:24, 5:23, 5:24
2 mile c/d
Total: 9.5-10 miles

Sometimes I have the unhealthy tendency to compare a workout to the best time I did the same workout. So, for example, if I'm having a solid session of 800s on the track, in the back of my mind I'm thinking about the time I ran 800s even faster. As you can imagine, this line of thinking can quickly become problematic. So this morning, knowing that it is one of the hottest days of the summer, that's it's six in the morning and that I'm running in trainers, I made a conscious decision to push thoughts of previous workouts out of my head. Specifically, the best time I ran mile repeats on the last mile of the Footlocker course was in April with Tanya, when I averaged 5:19 for six. I knew that wasn't within the realm of possibility today, but I hoped that something around 5:25 would be feasible.

After finishing up the warmup with Pezz, Jordan, Aaron and Paul, I wasn't so sure anymore. Even though it was barely light outside the air was so hot and heavy that I felt suffocated. Further, since the boys were just running easy and Pezz was doing a pre-race, I would be doing half of this workout solo. My confidence wasn't exactly skyrocketing.

With that said, the workout ended up being fine. I ran the first two solo and the final two with Pezz, and she definitely pulled me along when I was struggling through the final interval. My legs never felt particularly poppy but there were sections when I felt quite strong. Overall it was just a constant battle to keep my body temperature down, and no doubt it would've been a losing one had I attempted any more. I'll definitely take it easy the next few days before attempting a 2x3 mile session at the Blue Points 5k on Saturday.


Anonymous said...

Ah, 2 x 3 mile. That explains why you two came blazing by us on our cool-down. I feel a little better - I thought you guys just cooled down faster than my race pace. That would have been just too embarrassing.