Thursday, February 12, 2009

Speed Work

Unfortunately I may have to be extremely brief in the near future because of the way my schedule is looking. But I will definitely make an attempt to stay current because I enjoy talking about running and reading everyone's comments. With that said let's get to the meat of the bone.

The plan was to do 8 miles total with a 2 x 2 mile workout with 4 minutes rest in between. The goal was to run both reps between 10:28 and 10:36. I did the first 2 warm up miles very slow, probably way too slow, which probably affected my workout. I'm pretty embarrassed to say how slow I did the warm up. After the warm up I moved on to the workout. The first rep I started breathing hard almost immediately (about a .25 into the run). I knew this was a bad sign. I toughed the first rep out and hit the upper limit ,10:36. I pretty much gave an all out effort on this first rep so I knew the second one wasn't going to be good. During the second rep I started out fast and I was running below the 5:14 pace pretty easily but I knew that I would be toast if I kept the pace up. So I backed off and slowed down to 5:20. This felt so easy and I actually thought I had a chance to hit my goal. But I fell apart at the end and I ended up running a 10:48. This is actually the first time in a long time that I did not hit my goal during speed work. What does this mean? Hmmm, I prefer not to care right now because I know if I put in the work and stay injury free, the performances will come. Sometimes your body just doesn't have it. And today was one of those days.

3 comments:

Day Dreamer said...

Nice workout Bill. You're what I like to call a game-time performer. Missing goal times or not in a workout, your work ethic is always there, and it will continue to show up on race-days.

Keep it up, bud!

Bill Blancett said...

Sam,

Thanks a lot. My workouts used to get me thinking sometimes, but now I just file the results away if they aren't too good. If I actually accomplish them then thats an added bonus. I had been having luck recently but I don't think the past workouts reflected my recent fitness gains. I think Sean's workout times have been adjusted for this so I will again have to work extra hard on my workouts.

Bill

Steeeve said...

Bill, if you hit 100% of your workout targets you're not setting the bar high enough. Terrific workout, nothing more to be said.