Answer: Probably not.
In some ways I don’t want it to get any easier, because then it means I’m not pushing, but man: TEMPOS SUCK. I know I know, broken record.
I guess so do GMP runs, because lately that’s all I’ve been able to muster. Like yesterday’s workout:
- Warm up
- 6.6 mile tempo @ 7:33 (2.2 @ 7:40, 2.2 @ 7:20, 2.2 @ 7:39)
- Loooooooooooooooong warm down
I’m a little unsure of how I feel about it.
In terms of a workout it was GREAT. It felt hard at times and my legs were burning with effort. But I’m eeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhh about the pace. Because it sucks to see a slower-than-I-thought pace. Mostly because the first 2.2 was uphill AND against the wind. Seriously. Like one of the two isn’t bad enough. The plus side is that the second 2.2 was going back the way I came, so it was downhill and with the wind. And the third, well, I was tired at that point and haven’t done a continuous 6.6 yet. So no real excuse for that one, because I expected it to hurt. And it didn’t let me down in that respect.
I actually felt pretty darn good during it and my legs were really tired and lactic acid-y afterward. So the effort gets a good grade for this workout, maybe B+, because my mind *did* wander a bit over life stuff despite my legs feeling like they should at the end. But pace gets a lower grade. I really wish the weather would cooperate with me! Doesn’t it know I’m training for the Boston Marathon?!
But I’m slowly making peace with this idea of tempo / GMP. I hate it but I’ve been doing it so regularly that it’s just a part of life right now. So it better pay dividends in a few weeks.
Because I sure know that my recovery run this morning was slooooooooooooooooooow. And the leg-os were pretty heavy too. I actually got up a half hour earlier than Monday and ended only slightly earlier at the end of the run! Granted I ran a bit further than Monday’s recovery run but I guess LRs don’t take as much out of me as harder / faster efforts. Maybe I should try and push the LRs more. But that’s a thought for another day.
I also went to the doctor yesterday (because I’ve been so tired, lightheaded, bruising easily etc) and *surprise* I was / am low on iron. Which is what I expected. So for the next month I’ll be on iron supplements. And I’m thinking that my running will improve (as well as my mood and energy levels). I just started today so I’m, obviously, not feeling it yet. Maybe by my intervals tomorrow? I can only dream. But hopefully a semi-placebo effect will kick in soon so I get AMPED to go climbing tonight.
I’m semi-kidding on that front. Lizzy might make me change my mind and my climbing buddy is actually going to Yosemite this spring to do it. Eeep.
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