May 10, 2012

Speed Work

Since I now have this awsome new blog design....I must keep blogging on somewhat regular basis.

I am 10 days away from running the Five Trails Half Marathon with my friend Jodi.  It will be her first half marathon, and our goal will be to finish.  Because life has gotten in the way of some of my training time, I haven't been as consistent with the long runs.  However, I have faithfully done all the speed and tempo workouts.

I remember back a couple of years ago, I was so happy when I was able to run on the treadmill at level 6.  This is only a 10:00 minute pace - but it just seemed so hard on the treadmill.  Then I started using Runner's World SmartCoach and my plans gradually started incorporating faster workouts.  I remember the first time that I was able to run at a 9:00 minute pace for 1/4 mile - I was so impressed with my self.

Well, today's workout was 6 miles Speedwork 3 X 1600 @ 8:30. (but my memory thought it was 5 miles).  But anyway - I did not know if I was going to be able to actually do it.  I have to do my speedwork on the treadmill, because on the open road, I have no idea what pace I am actually running.

Well, I did the 3 X 1600 @ 8:34 (level 7 on the treadmill) - and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  I was breathing pretty hard the last repeat and my HR was in the 160's, but I felt really good.

AND I had such a sense of accomplishment.

Next goal is to finish the Bloomington, MN Women's Half Marathon (August 26th) - under 2:00.  If I can keep from falling in potholes and work with Lindsay, my new trainer the next few months - it is entirely possible.

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