MONDAY: In the last few weeks I have been breaking my schedule and doing 4 miles instead of the 3. This week I decided to go back and try the 3 again, but do the run a little different. I started out by running an easy pace to get warmed up. My second mile was all up hill and I pulled back a lot and took it very slow. The final mile was a speed mile and I really kicked it into high gear. It was nice to be able to hit hills and speed in a workout.
WEDNESDAY: Speed Day- Now that I have a clear track to run on these days have become my favorite. I know most people don't like speed workouts, but not me I feel at home on the track. It makes me think of where I got started. The workout called for 3X1600 at race pace.
My splits were 7:03 first one is always the slowest because It takes me at least one to get going.
Mile 2: 6:49
Mile 3: 6:33 I felt really good, but I kept noticing my form was off, I will be getting this in order over the next few weeks.
THURSDAY: cross train: mostly stretched and foam rolled, I did throw in some ab workouts and even did a few push ups.
FRIDAY: rest day before race day
SATURDAY: RACE DAY- Friday night I had a gout attack. If you don't know what this is all I can say is pain. I woke up Saturday with a swollen ankle, and I wasn't sure if I would even be able to run. I was scheduled to run the 8.1 mile race at "Just a Short Race" (Review to come Thursday) I tried a warm up run and knew it wasn't going to happen. I decided to drop down and do the 5K. I figured since I paid I would just jog it out. I ended up running 8:30 splits and still managed to place second in my age group. I am happy because I didn't even break a sweat. I can really tell I am ahead of where I was a year ago.
SUNDAY: I headed out to North Park to run with Amanda. She was planning on doing 20 miles and I figured I could tag along for a few. I ended up running 12 miles with her. We ran a nice easy pace and for me it was about getting the miles in rather than the time. It was a really good run and the weather started freezing but quickly warmed up.
Do you like Speed Workouts?
Until next time stay safe on the roads