This week’s runs have been a (somewhat) necessary reminder that sometimes it’s not all fluffy bunnies and rainbows. Tuesday’s workout:
- 8 x 3:00 minute pick-ups with 1:30 minute rest (“these should be pretty quick” – Coach John)
It doesn’t sound that bad, right? After a rest day on Monday, I set out on Tuesday ready for some quality miles. I started the repeats after a two mile warm-up just as I got to the downhill part of West Drive (my favorite) and the first two were probably more than pretty quick, per usual. I realized my mistake by the fourth repeat, when I wanted to vomit, quit and then lay down on the road for a nap.
didn’t take splits for the repeats, tried to go more by “feel”
In order to get through the workout I dialed back the pace a bit for the last repeats, but it was still a decent effort and I’m glad I didn’t throw in the towel. When I saw Coach John later that day, I told him how hard the workout was. His response: “Well yeah, it’s supposed to be hard. You needed a reminder that sometimes running hurts.”
Ok then, consider me reminded. John said that ideally, I would have run the workout like the middle repeats – not as quick as the first repeats but not as slow as the last ones. The key is to control yourself for the first few and remember that yeah, you have to do eight of these. Noted.
Wednesday – 8.3 miles, easy
Wednesday’s run was a planned easy one with Betsy (usually my favorite run of the week), but holy God we may as well have run in a monsoon. It was cold, pouring and super windy, but Betsy and I powered through about 6 miles together and were basically the only humans in Central Park aside from a few other crazy runners. I couldn’t feel my hands even after a hot shower (uhh, probably not normal), but it was still so worth it.
In between our chats and being pounded in the face by stinging rain/wind, Betsy kept saying, “Can you imagine doing this alone??”
Yep, and it would have sucked. Running buddies make everything better.
Question: Worst conditions you’ve ever run/raced in? I think Wednesday ranks right up there, along with a 10K I did in pouring rain a few years ago.