Or so the high school cross country coach was telling his boys Saturday when I was at the track. As I didn’t run XC ever I don’t know what championship they’re gearing up for but whatever it is: Good Luck Boys. I think they were doing 1km repeats.
My workout on Saturday was no less shabby either. After some thought, and reading the awesome words from you guys, I decided to not do a full yasso workout. Bummer because it really might be my favorite. I knew the best workout for me to do would likely be my “other favorite” workout: 2 X 3 miles. But I had done that last week and, while I have absolutely no problem repeating workouts from the immediate past, this workout is one that won’t ever be the case with.
I decided to split the difference and do a shorter tempo interval workout with a couple 800s tacked on at the end if I wasn’t feeling too beat up. I did them on the track because the track keeps me honest and honest workouts make me feel like a million bucks for not a million bucks. With non-track workouts I can have mitigating circumstances as to why I didn’t hit the target and, while wind and plain old not feeling it do happen with the track, there really are only two options: hit or miss
You can’t really go wrong. Or I guess you can. But it’s painfully obvious.
- 1 Mile fast, with 400 recovery
- 2 X 2 Miles fast, with 800 recovery after each one
- 1 mile fast, with 400 recovery
And then if I felt halfway decent
- 2-4 800m, with 400 recovery
- Warm down
If you look closely, you’ll notice that, with the exception of the 800 repeats, the recovery distance has been shortened by what I normally do. I usually do half the distance but today I decided to do only a quarter of the interval distance. It’s probably too soon to the actual race to be messing with this kind of stuff but time was an issue and there is no way that I’m cutting out intervals. I like running fast too much 😉
The target pace for the 1 miles was 6:45-6:50 and the target pace for the 2 miles was 13:30-13:45. I was expecting to be on the slower end of these paces simply because my legs have taken a beating these past 4 or so weeks. Of course I *should* have been targeting slower paces because this workout constitutes a GMP workout. And neither 6:45 nor 6:50 is GMP. But whatever.
I was on the track. I was ready to GO.
I warmed up for about 3 or so miles to get to the track and then:
- 1 Mile : 6:47
Only 6:47?! For the effort put it, this should be faster. I definitely positive splited this one too
- 2 Miles: 13:34 (6:53, 6:41)
6:53? This is going to be one long tough workout. 13:43? That’s a pretty sweet comeback.
- 2 Miles: 13:31 (6:43, 6:38)
This is feeling gooooooood. Should I add that last mile here? 1,2,3 would be wicked awesome
- 1 Mile: 6:40
Good solid last mile
- 800 #1: 3:15
Maybe I didn’t give it my all for those other intervals!
- 800#2 3:20
Or maybe I did. Time to pack it up hahah
I’m really happy with how this workout turned out. I hit goals (and were even faster than goals) for all the intervals. Surprising because I was going on less recovery than I normally do. It was definitely a challenging workout and despite not feeling it at the beginning I really got into it and was just clicking away at the laps as they went by. It felt very rhythmic and awesome. And, as I’ve said before about me needing paces shoved down my throat, each one was within McMillian tempo interval range. Muy bien.
Plus, with the exception of the very first mile, each interval was a negative split. And since I checked my watch every 2 laps (not sure if that counts as a half mile as it 800m ~ 1/2 mile. See how much of a precision nerd I am? It’s a wonder I made it out of college with my physics degree — physicists tend to round EVERYTHING) I knew that, again with the exception of the very first interval, I was getting faster and faster.
Obviously this bodes well for a marathon as it’s a pretty freaking long race.
Not else much to say. Usually bad workouts are so much more fun to write about because I can bitch and moan. I can mutter about the sky being all dreary and looking like a colorless winter day buttttt then I have to say that I triumphed over it hahah.
I think part of me was competing with the high school boys. Which is silly. They are *highschoolboys*. I’ve learned from running with my high school aged brother that they are naturally faster than me. So I tried to not get lapped / passed. I was very successful as they only passed me once. Considering that we were both doing long intervals, and running around the track multiple times each interval, I think that’s a victory hahah.
I did use their coach’s shouting as motivation of my own. He kept saying things related to getting on the podium like, “200m ’til you on the podium” or “two laps to go until the podium”. And I was like, “Okay. It’d be cool to be at the podium.” Although, not going to lie, breaking the tape would be more ultimate.
After taking a shorter-than-normal warm down I got back to my place for some foam rolling (this workout had my hips and glutes and IT and quads and everything screaming and tight). It was still the vomit-inducing torture it always is. I don’t ever tear up or scream out but man, do I feel like puking. I also stretched while watching an old HP movie because my left calf was spasm-ing. Normally I don’t stretch ever. But I’ve already said that before. I discovered (again) that all my muscles are like chicken tendons. Weird analogy but that was the first thing that popped into my head.
I also did W2D3 of my pushups and situps:
Pushups: 16, 17, 14, 14, 21
Situps: 24, 25, 21, 21, 35
As far as today goes, I’ve already done my recovery run. It was quite fast which, as I mentioned on Friday, doesn’t real mean much. The pace was comfortable and conversational as when I was running I met up with my running buddy. Unplanned and it probably let the run get both fast and easy; running with someone else usually does that. The weather was chilly (34*) but sunny which helped the miles click by effortlessly. My legs feel sore, but in a “they just had a massage” way. I think it was the rolling last night. It was pretty intense.
Hope everyone enjoys the remainder of their weekend and had great ones to recover from! I’m definitely looking forward to a lazy Sunday.