This morning on my run I added the Speed Racer theme song to my brain wave radio station.
Copyright nerds: it’s not a public performance if I’m only singing it in my head.
When I left my apartment this morning, it was snowing and I couldn’t tell how slick the roads were. I wouldn’t know the condition of the park until I got there, so I told myself that if I couldn’t complete today’s speed workout, that it would be fine for me to just cautiously run the assigned miles.
Today’s workout: 1 mile warm-up, 1 mile 10K pace, 1/2 mile easy, 1 mile 10K pace, 1/2 mile easy, 4 x 200’s with easy 200’s in between, 1/2 mile easy, 1 mile cool-down
It was six-and-a-half miles of hard work and dedication.
When I got to the park, I was pleased to see that most of my planned route had been cleared of snow. I didn’t have to hold back. I could run my scheduled workout.
Or could I?
I was sincerely unsure. Having had to take so much time off for injury last month, and only running easy runs or tempo runs for the past couple of weeks, I didn’t know how I would handle mile repeats or speed intervals.
The truth of the matter is this: if you head out without any expectations, you will undoubtedly surprise yourself.
I met every goal. I ran my 10K pace miles at 8:36 — a bit faster than my last official 10K time, but it felt comfortable, and it didn’t feel like I was operating at anywhere near 100% effort. Those miles made me feel good about my (hopefully!) sub-9:00 pace for my upcoming half marathon. They reaffirmed my goal and made it feel doable.
The full workout took 1:02:23, with an average pace per mile of 9:36 (I took it really easy on that warm-up and cool down!).
I had gotten a late start this morning, so I did most of my post-run stretching on the walk home. Think: yoga at stop-lights. But whatever works, right?
I did a few vinyasas on my mat once I got home and then got ready for the day.
My training hasn’t been perfect so far, but I am feeling good. Every successful workout makes me feel closer to my goals.