Interstellar Adventures

April 26, 2005

Speed Workouts, a necessary evil

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:52 am

I had my first speed workout last night. I will not look forward to these, but I will do them because then I will run faster. One of my friends is a running coach, and she told me not to do the 8 mile run I had planned. “Instead, do a Tempo Run.” she said. Oh boy. 10 minute warm-up, 10 minute tempo run, 10 minute cool-down. The 10 minute tempo run is supposed to be at a pace that makes you want to puke. So, I ran my warm-up laps, and later I figured I ran these too fast. Then I sped up (ha! as if I can speed up much) for the run-till-you-puke part. Well, I didn’t puke, but I did feel pretty crappy. I had to walk for about a minute in order to catch my breath, then I ran the rest of the way for the cool-down. I felt pretty good afterward considering. I danced my way home to some Outkast “I like the way you move” and was excited when I entered my time and distance into my running log. I avereged a 10:47 pace for 29:33! Holy Moly! That’s the first time I have ever averaged less than a 12 minute mile. YAY!

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