Yesterday’s Run Less Run Faster track workout was…well…it defies words. Except that wouldn’t make for a good blog post, so…
I had to do 6×800-meter repeats with a goal time of 3:41 (a 7:24 pace) up and down the same sidewalk straightaway in the industrial area near work. So, it wasn’t so bad at first (the first two, I did in 3:43 and the third one was a 3:41), but by the fourth one, I thought I was going to die.
In fact, there was this random old-school-looking helicopter that was making circles and then flying right above me along my same straightaway. Annoying! I don’t know what in the hell the pilot was doing, but there could’ve been a sniper up there who wanted to take me out and I wouldn’t have cared in the least!
So, yeah, the first three weren’t so bad. On the third one, though, one word was going through my head: relax. I just kept repeating it, trying to channel Desi and get my arms down and loose. I’m sure I looked nothing like Desi, but I think it helped to picture her running — maybe that’s why the 3:41? During the fourth one, things changed.
(Between each repeat was a 1:30 rest interval; I walked or jogged depending on how painful the 800 had been.)
I started to doubt myself big time. I wanted to be done and my stride shortened and became choppier. I thought that would actually help make me faster. But it didn’t, and I went back to a lengthened stride on the fifth one. That’s why I did the fourth 800 (which is half a mile, btw), in 3:46 and the fifth one in 3:43, which is closer to what RLRF wanted me to do (3:42).
The sixth one was a wash — my legs were jelly. It was like trying to whip a wet noodle. Not happening. So a 3:48 is the result of that.
Today, I got my arse out of bed at 5:15 a.m. and went to the pool. I got there on time (6 a.m.) and did a workout from the RLRF book: swim 8 laps, kick two laps, rest a minute. Repeat five times. Took me about 35 minutes. Perfect for before work.
Tonight, I have obedience class with Bennie again. I’m dreading it. But I know I’ll be walking a lot and burning some calories, so I am thinking of treating myself with popcorn when I get home (although, I just inhaled my lunch and now I feel snacky and could really use some of the 100 bags of popcorn in my desk drawer). After my strength workout, of course, which I COMPLETELY FORGOT TO DO ON TUESDAY BECAUSE OF WESTMINSTER.
Tomorrow, I have 7 miles at my Long Tempo pace, which is 8:43. But I also have some freelancing work to do. So, I may postpone the run till Saturday, and opt for a shorter bike ride tomorrow instead. I wish I had a bike trainer, though, because I think it’s supposed to rain.
What are your workout plans for the weekend? Are you racing? Are you also addicted to popcorn?