On Friday, I decided it would be a good idea to do a tiny bit of speedwork. I have no idea why. I'm not really back up to a weekly mileage where I can put in speedwork, but if I have to do one more walking-on-IT-band-eggshells-2-mile run, I'm going to stab myself in the kidneys. So, speedwork it is!
I haven't done any speedwork in about 6 weeks, and my running - and my approach - has changed a lot. Hmm. But rather than consult a pace chart, I figured I'd just wing it. That's me, little miss planning. Quarters sounded good (they always do - in my head, I'm going, "How much can it ACTUALLY hurt to run really fast for less than 2 minutes?" Oy.) Since my 2-3 miles runs have been averaging 8:40-9:00ish pace, I figured I'd start at 8:00 pace and work my way downwards. I also figured I'd just go by the treadmill mph and figure out the pace when I got home.
1: 1:50 (7:20 avg pace) Oops. So much for my mph to pace conversion.
2: 1:49 (7:16 avg pace) Why is the treadmill shaking so much? Oh, because it's still at a 3% incline from the warm-up. FAIL KATIE FAIL.
3. 1:47 (7:08 avg pace) These aren't hard at all! Why do people complain so much about speedwork?
4. 1:48 (7:12 avg pace) Wait, time to run again already?
5. 1:48 (7:12 avg pace) THIS. (breathe) WAS. (breathe) A. (WHEEZE) BAD. (WHEEEZE) IDEA.
6. 1:46 (7:04 avg pace) Death would be a sweet relief.
I followed it up with a 5 minute jog @ 9:20 pace. Boy oh boy, does that feel slow after hauling my ass through 7-something miles!
Now, I haven't done speedwork outside in quite some time, and yes, I HAVE heard that it's 105 degrees outside and no, I'm NOT interested it trying it now and yes, I DO know that makes me the biggest wimp on the planet. I am interested to find out how fast I'd be if the treadmill wasn't dragging my ass through these. Does anyone know about treadmill-to-outside conversion? Also, a pace chart indicates that I could run a 24-something 5K and a 4-hour marathon. BWAHAhAHAHAhahAhahaa! That's hilarious. You can find jokes all over the internet, kids! I think next time I do speedwork I won't just do 400's, I'll mix it up a bit more and see what the numbers tell me. As much as it pains me to say this, these weren't puke-threshold hard, and if my IT hadn't stuck its little head out of the ground to see WTF was going on, I might have done a few more.
Last note: my total, including the 6-10ish minutes of walking/slow jogging I did before/during/after these, was 28:53 for 3.05 miles. That wouldn't be a 5K PR for me, but it's only about 2 minutes away from one. Just saying.
Saturday morning I got up super-extra-early to get in a long ride before the trail melted from the heat. No sooner had I climbed out of bed than....
I keep your pillow warm, says G.
We did: 15 miles of fast n' flat, then 10 miles of hills that were too tough to even curse until I stopped, then 15 more miles of fast n' flat. It wasn't the 50 miles I'd hoped for, but the hill miles made it a very worthwhile training ride. I generally like hills because Thunder Thighs can eat everyone on the climbs, but these were tough. Also, I need to gain my 30lbs back because I float gently on the downhills, when I want to fly. Maybe a brick in my seat bag? Maybe.
We did stop at Mt. Vernon to take a breather (that last climb sucks) and take some pics.
Joe is a hill super-star. Especially on the downhills.
The look on my face here says:
I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS ASS MADE ME PICK UP MY BIKE.
40 miles/2:37/avg. pace 15.3mph
After the ride, I took a 2-second shower and then headed up to Stroga for a class that was donating proceeds to Calvary. For some reason, I thought this was going to be a hot vinyasa class (probably wishful thinking), so I drank 2 bottles of water (to add to the 6 I drank on the bike) on the way, and dressed in almost nothing. Um, no. When we walked in, I was the only nearly-naked person in a room full of people in soft yoga clothes. And I didn't sweat any of the water out, so I had to pee so badly that the ab work almost created a new embarrassing moment. But it was a terrific class, and I'd definitely go back.
We had brunch afterwards with Liz (yum! food made not entirely of sugar that didn't come from little plastic packets!) and then got cleaned up and headed to a friend's wedding. It was a really nice ceremony and day, and they seem really happy together. I didn't get a pic of the bride & groom, but we snapped a quick one (bad flash!).
We bailed out early because I was falling asleep in my wine, and I somehow managed to sleep from 8:30pm - 8:30am. WHOMP. Not sure what's on tap for today, but it will probably include a dog park trip, test run #853, and maybe some lazy sunshine time. What have you been up to this weekend?
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