Who's the fastest of them all?
Ok, not really...but I kind of feel that way. This week's track workout was kind of a doozie (which is pretty much the point, so I should stop acting surprised when I want to die halfway through). After some warmups, I ran 4 x 200m, 4 hill repeats (was supposed to be 6, but that actually might have killed me), and then 4 x 200m. Last week I ran my 200s at about 1:04, which is roughly an 8:30 mi. This week...my slowest was 1:00, which is an 8:00 mi. Yikes! No wonder I only made it throught 4 hill repeats!
Surprisingly (as if me running that fast wasn't surprisng enough), the 200s I ran after the hills were better. I was able to maintain better technique even though I thought I might die at any moment.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a tempo run in last week because of my schedule, but this week it's in the plans. Warm up, 20 mins @ 8:30 pace, and cool down. Eventually I'll work up to 20 mins at 8:30 pace, 5 mins rest, and another 20 mins at 8:30 pace. And someday, when I'm really hardcore, I'll do three of those.
Have a speedy week!