Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fastness, Cheating And The Weather Is Not Helping

FASTNESS: Let's talk about fast and not precisely the Lent one. I almost collapsed when I saw the Intervals plan for the week: Six of half a mile at 8:34, and 90" recovery. Ok, there I go. One, is ok, Two is semi-ok, Three, I believe I am going to die. Four, I will die. Five, Now I know am dying. Six, am I alive? I did it and I didn't die.

Two days later, the tempo, which I am starting to dislike, was done at my LT pace of 10:00 for 4 miles after 1 mile of average training pace.

CHEATING: There was some life support during these events. For sure. During the intervals and the tempo my arms had to be placed on the dashboard. Couldn't go with the flow of the body. The recovery had to be 120 for the intervals instead of 90, and for tempo I needed to add one minute of recovery after miles 2 & 3. Well, I assume that doing this "cheating" is way better than quitting, thought that I contemplated throughout the whole thing on both days.

WEATHER: It is not helping. I want to run outside. The spring is here. The flowers are blooming, the lawn tells me to get the mower out... but, no, oh no, .... on Friday 03/28 and Saturday 03/29 the snow was falling during the whole day, even though didn't stick, I prefer to be outside in the 50s as minimum. There it went my hope of running outside.... here a pic of my route around Lake Serene at the end of March.

7 comments:

Backofpack said...

The weather has been wild! Except for Thursday, I've been going out anyway because I'd rather run in any kind of weather than on a treadmill. (I get motion-sickness from them!) Hopefully, better weather is on the way and you'll be outside again.

Susan said...

Weather -- ick! Speed -- yowsa! Go Lizzie Lee!

ShirleyPerly said...

Good job with the speedwork Lizzie! Starting with longer breaks in between reps and progressively shortening them is a valid way to build up to doing them the way you're supposed to. But, please be careful if you're going so fast you need to hold on to the dashboard. That sounds like you may be running out of balance and/or out of control, which can be dangerous on a treadmill. Running short intervals fast requires good running form and, IMO, it's better to start out a little slower and develop that than to push ahead anyway you can. Just my 2 cents.

Petraruns said...

Wow girl - you are working it and you WILL be rewarded! Well done!

MarathonChris said...

Way to hang in there with the workouts, but I am with Shirley. Work you way up - after a few you will see the difference.

But you stuck to it! Way to go :-)

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Tri to Be Funny said...

Wow...just wait until you get to look back and say, "Wow--those were so slow!" I feel a speed demon coming on!!