…and no post. I meant to post during the week but (and this is one of my transitions, I’ll try to give them all a separate post — unfortunately it might be late next week– because I want to talk about my workout today) this week was my last week at the clinic. I can’t believe that my year with VISTA is over! And since last post I don’t have anything exciting on the workout front.
So needless to say, I’ve been swamped. Not with work per se. More so with the “let’s spend 8 hours applying to jobs” and “let’s go drinking with friends at night” swamped. Tough life, no?
Well yes. Because tough = mile repeats = pain.
Granted I was out way to late last night and woke up still drunk this morning. But, that said, I’ve had spectacular sessions before after such nights. This was not the case and I think my liver is finally realizing that it’s not 21 anymore. I’m still in the process of convincing it otherwise.
Anyway I headed out to the track this afternoon to “bang out some mile repeats”. Step one of running fast is the outfit and I rocked my booty spandex and sports bra and sunglasses. (Step two is not chickening out — see below and my pre-1 repeat)
Last week I was excited about them (and by them I mean the 800s). This week I knew I had to run twice the distance and about the same pace. Last fall I was able to do 6 X 1 mile @ ~6:30. Based on last week’s workout I wanted to do 4 X 1 mile @ 7:30.
Now, as I’m just getting back into speed work I have ZERO idea what I should be running these things in. But 7:30 is what I’d ideally call a tempo pace, and did last fall (and I just cheated and looked at McMillian based on my PW marathon time and mile repeats should be at 7:21-7:43 with tempo runs being 7:53-8:13 and tempo intervals being 7:46-8:03 for whatever that info is worth)
I’m very glad I didn’t know that information until just now though. Just because. I think that with the hiatus I’ve taken I should just go.
And go I did.
Workout: 4 X 1 mile with 800m recovery jog
- 4:10 + 4:01 = 8:11. F@#$. <– Thought in my head. I debated nixing the whole workout but figured that anything faster than the 9:40 easy paces I’ve been doing should be beneficial. Fact: I stopped this first repeat at the 200m line. Gave myself a HTFU pep talk, walked back to the start and then ran in
- 4:06 + 4:04 = 8:10 Seriously?!?
- 4:05 + 4:00 = 8:05 Better I guess.
- 4:05 + 4:00 = 8:05 Dayyyyyyyyyum
So clearly I’ve fallen from last fall. Like last week, I never felt like I was going fast. And yet I know I could not have gone faster. It was upsetting to a degree. Funny how last week I wrote about being okay because I was getting back into it and, while I’d never have admitted it beforehand, I was hoping to really bounce back fast. I shouldn’t (and am not) be surprised just because after last Friday’s session my legs were wiped for days after. I’m not sure if it’s even possible BUT I don’t think my legs were recovered today!
I was just complaining to a friend about how “out of shape I clearly am” and he disagreed. Mostly because he know I run a lot and that equals being in shape. At the time I didn’t have a retort.
Now I do: I am out of racing shape. I can bang out 100+ mile weeks with the best of them but that doesn’t mean I’m going fast. I really don’t think I could have run faster if Jack the Ripper was behind me today.
And since I love racing (I know I don’t race often but I do love it) that’s frustrating. I guess this means that if I want to start seriously contemplating a fall race (not a marathon but maybe a half or 10k or anything!) I need to cut back on the miles and let myself ride out this period of awkward “hey-what-the-hell-am-I-doing?!?” phase of getting into Fasty McFast shape.
Note: I’m not upset over this in an “I’m-going-to-agonize-over-it” way. I’m just annoyed that I’m not in my Fall 2010 Racing Shape. The workout wasn’t a complete disaster because I fell in the “tempo interval” range as noted above. I’m sure I’ll reap some benefit from this, no? And, as I mentioned last week, there’s room for improvement. I need to focus on that excitement.
I also hope this post is coherent. I’m running on little sleep. Time for a quick nap and then time to go out and celebrate with my friends (they’re 2nd year med students and this week is the 1st year’s orientation. I’m an honorary med student this week hahah!)