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Wednesday Night Speed: 3 x 1 mile
Oh miles, it’s been a while.
I pretty much showed up to the track determined to run well. I hadn’t felt like I’d run a good workout since before Nike Women’s half and was thinking I might have already peaked in this training cycle which sounds ridiculous because I’m pretty sure I just stated this thing.
So my head (and maybe a little bit of my heart) needed this one.
Megha and I warmed-up as usual and were off.
The plan was to run 6:05, 6:03 and 5:59. You might remember my last mile repeats workout was epic and I managed to easily run under 6:00’s.
For this trip around the oval I was aiming for the same ballpark but my main goal was to run based on how I felt.
We did our usually quarter-mile fast lap and there must have been something in the air because I ran a 78. I know! I used to always run this in 92-3. Lately I’m in the mid 80’s so 78 was a surprise but it felt great. (Geez maybe I actually was a sprinter once upon a time).
We jogged another easy quarter and were O-F-F off!
I settled in right at 89 pace for 3 laps. I think I panicked on the last lap and thought that I was running these too fast and ran a 91 for a 5:59 mile.
Two and a half minutes later we were lined up and ready for round two. 88. Feels good. 88.89. 86 for a 5:53. Not going to lie, I was a bit freaked out with the time, but I felt relaxed and I couldn’t tell I’d picked up the last lap (the rest of our group was running a different workout on the track so when they passed me I kept speeding up… oops).
Two and a half minutes later and four laps till done.
85. Big oops. I have no one to blame but myself and my eagerness to finish the workout. 88 (more like it), 87 and 86 and yes 5:48. It felt hard like mile repeats should but it felt great. It didn’t feel like I was pushing too hard or like I was racing (something I’ve been very guilty of in the past).
A good workout.
It was very much-needed.
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