That's exactly how I felt about my Tuesday workout from Coach Matt this week. Four 1-mile repeats. At progressively faster paces. With a progressively shorter rest period between repeats. Gulp. I knew this one was going to be a challenge.
A good luck charm was needed for this workout!
Here's how the workout went:
1.5 mile warmup - easy. Knowing what was to come I made sure to run this slow and tried to gather myself for the work to come.
1st mile repeat - 10k pace. Nothing too wild. I felt pretty relaxed during this one and the pace felt comfortable. The main challenge was not going too fast!
2nd mile repeat - Faster 10k pace. Still controlled and reasonably comfortable. Again was extra careful to not go too fast.
3rd mile repeat - 5k pace. Things started to get interesting and I had to make an effort to hold this pace, especially already having two faster miles in my legs.
4th mile repeat - 5k goal pace. Ouch. A ride on the struggle bus. Halfway through and I thought about how easy it would be to stop. But ... being a perfectionist, I also knew that if I gave in and stopped I would just force myself to start again and run the full repeat after I caught my breath. So instead of thinking about how I still had a half mile to go, I thought about already being halfway done. And how every step forward was a step closer to being done. Major huffing and puffing toward the end of this one.
1.5 mile cooldown - so slow. So wonderful. And I realized ... my legs feel pretty darn good! Mission accomplished :)
The rest of this week is pretty easy - at least until my Saturday run. Here's the full plan:
Monday: 5 glue miles w/strides + Total Gym
Tuesday: 7 mile workout, inc. 1-mile repeats + Y-Blitz
Wednesday: 5 recover miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 6 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 13-14 mile run, inc. 45 sec surges
Sunday: 4 recovery miles
In other kind-of-related news, I've been working with the Milwaukee Running Festival and the Milwaukee YMCA to organize an event for runners. We finally have a date and I can tell you that it's going to be awesome. All Hitting Your Stride participants will get to do a 1-mile time trial and then do a circuit workout with some of my favorite Y instructors. If you live in the MKE area, you must check it out!
My questions for you:
- Have you ever done a mile time trial?
- What is your favorite distance for repeats?
- What workout gives you butterflies?
Happy hump day!