well this week really marked my first double workout week-basically doing workouts with Urban twice as a week as opposed to once. (yeah last week I had the 5k, and i did the underwear run at tempo pace, but I don’t really count that as it wasn’t exactly structured group workouts.) So basically this falls into my plan-tempo one day, speed/vo2 max the other day.
Tuesday was tempo. And this was a tough workout for me. I mean yeah, 3 times the lower 1.7 mile loop is tough by definition, but…
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I just felt “off” this entire workout. Part of it…for whatever reason I had gotten placed in group 3 instead of group 2 for this workout. And I think as a result of that, the first lap was a bit slow…so I ran ahead for laps 2 and 3 but I felt like I was running solo. I think it’s better for me to be with a group I can really stick with and pace with, rather than be way in front of the next group back. Plus the lower loop was packed with people that I had to dodge the entire time. Either way, when all was said and done, I felt the time was just way too slow for the effort-and for what I thought my tempo pace should be. I was so ready to change my goals for Chicago after this one…seriously, I felt I would be lucky to run under 3:50…forget about 3:40.
Wednesday was a nice leisurely run with Runner26…ended with some wine consumption. Ahh perfect for recovery 🙂
So obviously Thursday was V02 max and it was gonna be a 5K of sorts. Basically, we were gonna cover 3.1 miles worth of hard intervals, with rests in between…and add up the time, as that is supposedly what someday we could achieve in a 5K race. I’m not sure I believe it but I’ll play 🙂
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I will admit to starting this workout too fast…had a little bit of pent-up anger from the work day…plus I think I wanted to “redeem” myself after Tuesday. Then again, the first coupla ones were downhill too. #4 and #5 were the toughest two…the west side hills!! However, I did feel the wheels coming off for the last 2…either I did go out too fast and I was feeling it, or I just suck at sprinting!! But either way, I did try and give it everything for that last one…and had to laugh as I looked at Mr. Garmin…20-flat!! Oh if only I knew I was so close…could I have given it that something extra to get that last second? But either way, I think this was a much better workout than the other nite-this night I was in Group 2 and I find it much better for me to work with and pace with.
And afterwards, I went back to the store for some running retail therapy…hope to try out my new purchase on Tuesday nite 🙂