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Wednesday Night Speed: 2 x 1.5 miles
Finally back on the track but I had my doubts (shocking right). Sunday may have been the most painful run in my life; I really should have turned around and gone home. I figured I’d be recovered by Wednesday but to be safe I rested on Monday (except for Pilates). I hit the road Tuesday morning but played it safe with and easy 4 however within the first mile I knew I was in trouble.
Tuesday night I soaked in Epsom salt and Wednesday I popped some Advil and hoped for the best. I figured I’d at least run the warm-up and try to make it through the first rep.
I met one of my friends for the warm-up and we were on our way. The first few steps felt good and we managed 2.5 miles pretty comfortably. We ran our warm-up quarter which I think I should count as part of my workout.
No one really understands the warm-up quarter. When I first showed up to the group no one could really explain what it was or really how fast we were supposed to run it. What I gathered was we’re supposed to run it at the pace we’re running the workout in.
On this particular night I found myself at the very back of the group and when I looked at my watch as we crossed the line it read 84. Clearly I’m not running at repeat 1.5 miles in 84s. Still the legs felt okay though I could tell my hip flexors felt sore.
I’d already decided I’d run with group 4A this week because I’d been sore and I’d just run hard on Saturday. We had a nice group this week and before we knew it we were off. 4A was supposed to run 6:16’s which still sounded fast but a few weeks earlier I’d held the same pace for 2 mile repeats so I hoped for the best.
We came though the first quarter in 92’s and just like that we were group 4 (goal pace 6:08s). I felt good so I wasn’t too concerned. I settled in and tried to relax. Things were going well through 3 and a-half laps, I held my own for the 4th lap and the last two were a struggle. Three minutes of easy jogging and we were off again.
We settled in but I could tell it was fast. I messed my watch-up (shocking) so I didn’t see the splits for the first 3 laps. I felt good and thought I’d start to pick-it-up the last two laps.
Once we came around the 1200m mark I could tell we were slowing down. The same gal had been leading for the first rep and the three laps of the second rep. I really wanted to sit back but figured we should help her out. I moved ahead and paced us for the last 3, almost. She passed me back on the home stretch. My goal this year is to NOT race workouts so I stayed the course and finished strong.
We ran 9:11 and 9:10, roughly 6:07 and 6:06. Here are the splits: rep 1 92, 92, 92, 91, 90, 90 and rep 2 4:35 (1200m), 94, 92, 89. The cool down was okay and it felt much better than the Saturday cool down. It was the first workout in a few weeks where I actually felt good. What’s even more encouraging was I ran the same workout last year in 6:16 and 6:06. Maybe this Eugene Marathon will happen after all.
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