I had track plans for Tuesday night, a first-date with a club that meets much closer (i.e. not near the Tech Center) than the one I went to last week.
Denver had other plans – thunderstorms & rain, to be specific.
The past few weeks of Colorado summer have taught me that these skies are fickle friends; they play nice with the hot sun all morning, but quickly reveal a bipolar side and dump water (or ya know, hail) all over the place.
Surprise! So fun.
Anywho, I spent the night relaxing on the couch and writing a letter to my 24-years of life. Not quite the evening I had anticipated, but entertaining all the same.
With Wednesday morning came a decision – speed-work solo? Or another “easy” run to get in the miles?
You can only become a faster runner if you RUN FASTER.
So simple, so true.
So daunting at 6:30 a.m., on my first tempo run of the ‘season’.
I made my way down to the trail on a slow warm-up mile, and decided on a 8:00 min/mile goal pace – not my fastest, but it beats staying in the comfort zone, right? Listen to me, legs!
Two miles later I had logged 7:50 & 7:36. I have no idea how to stay consistent, unless I’m running along with a group, and apparently I never will. Not even the Garmin can save me on this one.
Unfortunately, tempo running is not like “riding a bike”. I never hop right back into it; I overshoot my energy levels and end up totally exhausted. Instead of a death-slog through one more of those miles, I went for “800s”.
Sure, that sounds good. The beauty of having no plan is not having to follow a plan!
The next two “800s” (i.e. half-miles) clocked in at a 7:50 pace (3:54) and a 6:50 pace (3:27). I have no idea what my muscles are up to sometimes.
6 miles (total), 50:12, average 8:15 pace*
*does not include walk-breaks before/after the 800s, necessary this round to prevent a heart strike. I feel you, Heart Rate. You’ve made your point!
The gist of all this? It felt great to push myself (without the group adrenaline) again, and it was a great way to gauge where this training plan is starting. Next month, I do this plan-less run again (i.e. 2 mi + 2 x 0.5 mi) and see if those numbers look any different.
Maybe in the wisdom and maturity of being 25, I’ll run faster, too! Mmhm.