|Sweaty Love Notes to myself :)|
I'm not even fully done 2 weeks of my new half training plan and I am POOPED (just picked my daughter up from school in my PJ pants Pooped)! Perhaps I just really enjoyed my running break after Disney, maybe it's the February blahs, or perhaps the intensity of this plan is just kicking my butt! I suspect it's the ladder.
I'm doing all the training runs on the treadmill right now, having completely been turned off the snow after my last 32km run in Snowmageddon (despite the amazing company and adventure it turned out to be). I'm not used to the treadmill, I run slower on the treadmill and this program is all about "intensity" ie. pace. I'm hoping that means that when I hit the road in the not to distant future (spring is coming right?) I will find it a BREEZE? One can hope. In the meantime, I am doing my best to embrace the Dreadmill. I have been lucky to have one of my best bud's company on 3 of my runs.
I was nervous starting the program wondering if I could still run my Sept 5km time of 24 min. So I tested a 5km out on the treadmill. 23:23! Honest to goodness almost puked, and it was by far the hardest 5km I've done. (damn you treadmill). But it boosted my confidence that I could do the program I had picked. The Friday before starting the program I decided to give one of the track repeat workouts a sample to see if I could manage the pace. I needed to be able to run 400 meters in 1 min 26 secs. HOLY LORD! I had the treadmill cranked to 9.5 mph and my best time was 1:34. I left feeling proud of pushing so hard but thinking that perhaps I was going to have to modify the program after all. Later that night while enjoying a glass of red wine and making dinner I glanced over "the plan" on the fridge. DOPE! It was 1:46! I had it wrong! In typical Katie ZERO attention to detail I missed that point. I now felt much much better about starting on Monday.
So its now Valentine's Day (mmmm...choc) and I am two Track Repeats, one Long run, and Two Tempo Runs into the program. So how's it going?
Key Run #1: Track Repeats:
- I'm enjoying the challenge of these, they are my favourite run. They are TOUGH...I'm pushing myself to run faster then I've done before.
- working out the speeds etc on the treadmill is a bit of a PITA but I'm managing
- the endorphin rush and sense of I FREAKING DID IT is worth it
Happy Valentine's Day :)