Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Fartlek. Fartlek. Fartlek. Hehe, 'scuse me! That word always makes me giggle!
Yesterday was a glorious afternoon so I headed out about 3 for my run. The dog was as happy as I was to be out in the sun. It felt like spring! That is actually a very bad thing for me. I will now be looking for more signs of spring and it is still January. Yet that was certainly not going to keep me indoors and in denial!
I wasn't feeling the greatest so I almost switched to a close-to-home hill workout. In the end, I stuck with the plan for 15 x 1:00 hard/ 1:00 easy. After 1.5 mile warm up, I hit the lap button on the Garmin to start the program. (I love that feature! It is great to program the entire workout and just follow the beeps.) I tend to start too fast and have a hard time finishing up on the same or faster paces. I worked hard at going hard, but not too hard. Run tall and strong with a straight back.
It felt great. I can start to see the change in my stride with the inclusion of strength training to my program. I run stronger and can control my speed better. I can run harder longer before I start to slump forward. I finished the workout exhausted, but still could have managed another couple of repeats. It felt right. It felt good. I told Indy what a great job he did and was telling myself the same.
I have always hated intervals like this. Yet the more I do speed work, the more comfortable with it. And, believe it or not, I think I may actually be starting to like it. (Wow, that was a lot of qualifiers.) I feel so strong and so weak when I finish the workout. I feel like I can do anything after a hard workout.
Warm Up 1.5 mi @ 10:14
8:53, 8:50, 8:37, 8:45, 8:49, 8:13, 7:59, 8:20, 8:22, 8:20, 8:26, 8:23, 8:12, 7:48, 7:32
Cool Down 1.37 mi @ 10:40