Yesterday morning I popped out of bed full of energy and ready for an early morning run.
When I opened the door I was hit with a blanket of humidity (81 degrees, 80% humidity). I completed one whole mile before turning around and going home. Hardcore, I know.
The evenings tend to have lower humidity here so I figured running at night would be better. Boy was I WRONG! At night it was 79 degrees with 95% humidity! And guess what I had on tap? Speedwork.
My workout consisted of a one mile warmup, three miles with 2 minute hard intervals / 1 minute easy intervals and a one mile cool down.
I was able to crank out my fast intervals between 9:35 and 10:45 pace but I’m pretty sure I died a couple of times! I texted my coach to say the workout killed me … in a good way :).
^ At least the wind has died down!
Some things I learned during last night’s run:
– I can run for short periods of time at a sub 10-minute mile (who knew?!)
– I can even hold the sub-10 minute mile pace when I’m running up the bridge
– After running hard intervals in the 9 to 10 minute pace range I need to walk slowly for a minute
My target for the fast intervals was 10:00 – 10:30 pace. However, I am having a hard time maintaing a specific fast pace. Heck, I just learned how to keep a consistent pace at 13:00-13:30!
I’m sure I’ll get there with time … although my pacing inconsistency allowed me to discover I could dip into the 9s (and even the 8s one time) which is pretty cool to know! Especially in this sticky, awful weather.
You guys, we can do hard things!
You know what helps? Eating a Jolly Rancher while you’re doing a hard run. I picked up that tip from Ali’s blog. She’s a genius! Not only does it make you feel less thirsty but it’s delicious! Last night’s workout was a two jolly rancher kind of night.
Tonight I’ve just got three easy miles on the sched. so it will be a one Jolly kind of night.
When was your last OMG-I’m-Dying workout? Was it running/lifting/core work?