Another outstanding training session with "L" - MAN I'VE MISSED HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE that she gets "my speed - slow!" It's just relaxing and fun. We sort of ran out of things to talk about since we were together last night and spoke today during work, but . . . we managed to drum up some conversation!!! Today's plan - 5 miles with some speed work. Well, "L" isn't my speedy friend, but God love her she was willing to do it with me!!! That's a friend . . . and a GREAT training partner.
Here's how the "speed-ish" session went:
Start - mile 1.3 = walk ("L" is a power walker just for the record)
mile 1.3- mile 2.6 = 1 minute "full out" using 180 bpm (HUGE bummer, my metronome quit working and "C" has my back up - oh well I have a pretty good sense of what 180 feels like so I used my voice to say "dun dun dun dun" at the cadence . . . annoyed even me, "L" was a great sport - Thanks!!!! We walked 3 minutes in between. We ended up going about 1.3 miles and did a total of 4 runs. On my 3rd run I stopped about 10 seconds early - I could hardly breathe (it was 90 degrees after all). The last running interval I feel badly about - I should have used this as an opportunity to really push, but 40 seconds into the 60 I stopped - I couldn't breath AND my left quad which has been hurting for almost 2 weeks really felt tight - didn't want to risk further injury or something series like a a tear instead of just the strain (surely that's a justified reason to stop???)
mile 2.6 - mile 3.2 = walked
mile 3.2 - 4.3 = did 2:2 intervals
mile 4.3-5 = walked
All-in-all it was a great "speed" workout for me - I'm not super but I'm improving. This was my first time during speed intervals. Previously, I have only run 1/2 mile straight at the 180 strides/minute cadence. I think today's session was a nice change. The weather today was MUCH cooler than yesterday (as crazy as that sounds given it was still 90 degrees - with a humidity of 70%). There was even a nice breeze so much more enjoyable than yesterday's sweatfest!!!
Do you prefer to run in hot weather or cool weather?
Personally, I'm really a bigger fan of fall/winter running - you can always put more clothes on . . . short of running one of those nudist races (Ummm NO!) you just can't take enough clothes off and the copious amounts of sweat . . . (SIGH!).