first off, happy national running day! i don’t know if mine was the “happiest” but i did run
i have said before when talking to my friends that running is not always sunshine and butterflies, especially in the pursuit to get faster. it is hard work, it’s not always fun, and it hurts. on the way home tonight i didn’t even want to write about this workout, because sometimes i hate showing where my brain goes during these tough runs. but i know i can always relate to someone having a bad run or being too hard on them self and i know looking back on it down the road will be beneficial.
i have been having some great runs lately, but i expect that with my summer of speed there will be some tough runs. first of all it’s summer (heat is my nemesis) and it’s speed (which is just hard). getting faster will not happen overnight and it won’t be easy. it’s going to be hard work and there are days that are going to suck. today was one of those days.
when the track workout was emailed out i was actually really excited! 2 sets of 3×800 (1:30 rest between 800s, 400m job between sets) – i love 800s! i made it over to the track and started my warm up and could tell it was a warm day. the sun wasn’t really out in full force but it was really humid and muggy and it was just under 80 degrees. i haven’t been running in this weather much at all yet this season so i should have taken that as clue #1 that it might be a tough day and to factor that into my pacing, but i didn’t.
today i wanted to push myself harder. we were supposed to run the first set at just slower than 5k pace, and run the second set at just faster than 5k pace – second set being faster. ha. after drills and strides we were off…
1 – 3:24.9 oh this feels good i can keep this up
2 – 3:25.8 maybe not this already feels hard, definitely went out too fast
3 – 3:29.9 it’s hot, i cannot make it through another set. where is your pacing and control aron?
break. i cannot do another full set, i am dying already, this is not going to happen. oh here we go again.
4 – 3:33.0 the mean girl comes out. you are not fast, you don’t want to get faster. this is too hard, let’s quit.
5 – 3:35.8 great job getting slower each time! ugg.
6 – 3:34.0 i think i need to stop after one lap, one lap done – keep going, don’t be slower than the last one!
total intervals: 3.0 miles/21:03.5/7:01 avg pace
as you can see i had some serious mental battles going on during this workout. sheesh sometimes the things that go through our heads during tough workouts! i REALLY wanted to quit. my legs wanted to just stop running during that last 800 and i almost let them. they felt SO heavy, i was hot, i was soaked, i wasn’t having fun, BUT i did it. i finished. i pushed through and did not let that last interval be my slowest.
i know better than this. simply put i went out too hard. yes i wanted to push myself, but i know better than to push too hard at the beginning. my favorite part of track is being able to pace myself and save some juice for the end! i seemed to have forgotten that the last couple weeks, and really needed it especially on a hot day like today when i am not used to it yet.
but, this will only make me stronger, physically and mentally. i know i can be hard on myself, but isn’t every runner that is trying to get better? and really looking at my average times, i would have been thrilled with that a few months ago. speed is going to take patience and hard work and sometimes i just need to be reminded of that. it’s not going to happen overnight, and there will probably be more hard, mentally challenging track workouts like this than there will be fantastic ones. but eventually it WILL pay off and come together and the sunshine, butterflies and rainbows will be out in full force.
total workout with warm up and cool down: 5.9 miles/50:27/8:33 avg pace