Incorporating Strides (aka Pickups) Into the Middle of a Run
Wednesday, it is good to see you because I can see Friday right behind you : )
Yesterday I did my first of two speed work sessions this week. Doing too much speedwork can be very bad, but my coach doesn’t have me doing anything to hard.
Last night I did what she calls strides (aka pickups). I think a lot of people do a couple of short strides or pickups at the end of a run, but my coach had me add 8 of them in the middle of a 4-miler.
So I did a one mile warmup, two miles with 60 second strides every couple of minutes and then a one mile cool down. My coach recommended only doing 30 second strides, but 60 seconds felt a lot more natural. This probably means I wasn’t doing the strides as fast as she would have liked…
I really enjoyed doing the strides because it reminded me that my recovery “gear” doesn’t have to be walking. I can slow down to a jog if I need to regulate my heart rate and breathing, or rest my legs, and that works pretty much just as well as walking…. but with the added bonus of a faster overall pace.
Other than that, this morning I made my last ever drop off at the post office for my candle shop because I learned I can schedule a pickup for FREE!
This makes me so happy because I have to get up extra early to deliver boxes to the post office before I go to work. I don’t mind it too much, but the idea of additional sleep is nice! : )
Speaking of which, I was pretty tired today so at lunch I decided to go for a walk. It was a beautiful day out and I figured the fresh, warm air would do me good.
I wish I could go running on my lunch break but it’s too hot and my office doesn’t have a place to shower/change. I’m jealous of everyone who gets to take running lunches!
And finally a picture of Cecil just because:
Are you able to run / workout during your lunch?
Do you ever incorporate strides into your runs? How long do you do them for? 30 seconds? 60 seconds?