Remember just last week when I was going on and on about how FUN my track workout was? Well, this week’s workout was still fun. But it was HARD. We ran our usual 3-4 lap warmup, then moved into our workout. This week, we tackled 4x1000s, with a 200m rest in between sets. A 1000 is 2.5 laps around the track (or just a bit over half a mile). Running middle distances at a pace faster than normal (we were at about 65% of our max speed, although I gotta be honest, I think I was at about 85% because I can’t imagine going too much faster) is hard. But that’s kinda the point, I think.
Somehow, I ran the 4x1000s at an 8:30 pace. Which, for me, is pretty speedy. I felt pretty awesome about that and even better about my 9:30 pace for the cool down. I started to think that maybe 10:00 was my long run pace – had I really gotten that much faster? Then, because God has a fantastic sense of humor and knows that I need to stay humble, I had a big huge reality check on Saturday’s long run. Let me set the scene. On Friday night, I attended a 90 minute hip hop dance class with a friend of mine. It was awesome, but about 25 minutes in, I knew this would present a problem with my long run. There was a ton of jumping, hitting the floor and generally doing movements that I don’t typically do anymore (ya know, because while I love to dance, I’m not really doing full out routines anymore :)). Come Saturday morning, with 10 miles on deck, my back feels awful. I’m stiff and sore and I know this ain’t gonna be easy. And it wasn’t. I was in pain pretty much the whole run.
What this picture doesn’t show is how sllllooooowwwww I got in the last two miles. It would’ve been worse, had I not been running with my buddy through my training program. She was tired as well, so we rode that struggle bus together. I had been getting so confident through my runs in the past three weeks, and this was a reminder that if I’m tough on my body, my body won’t respond the way I want it to during my runs. Lesson learned! 🙂
How were your runs last week? Any reality checks lately?