After the National Half, I’ll be running another half with my sister here in Denver. She picked it out, it was 100% her idea and I love that! It took no convincing to rope me in, or to craft the 10-week training plan for her.
I’ve done this before (Sister-race + Training Plan creation), and it got her across the finish line injury-free and just under her goal time:
The only bump in that road was her trying to figure out how to balance college life, a running schedule and the 100+ degree temps of her college town during the late summer. Either way, she clearly survived with a smile on her face, and that’s all it took! She came back for more…
This time around, she is following that plan flawlessly! I’m actually beginning to wonder if she’ll pass me with her flying feet…and I find myself inspired to stick to my plan more seriously.
Her text-of-success with the track yesterday was all I needed to get my own legs out the door for speed work. My arms & abs may have been attacked yesterday morning, but that doesn’t mean my legs can’t get some attention, too!
Not sure what to expect, the legs & I headed to the flat Cherry Creek trail and got down to business:
warm up – 7:24, walk, 7:12, walk, 7:14, done?…
I could tell that one more wasn’t in the cards – tightness and fatigue are not a recipe for injury-free – but a small modification did the trick:
…7:02 (0.25), walk, 6:28 (0.25) – cool down!
Done! Which is always a feeling that makes the hard effort worth it.
What has been your speed work inspiration and/or motivation lately?
Training buddies (virtual or otherwise) are always a big push! As are Running-buddies that like to pick up the pace. Either works magic for me.