Tuesday, November 22, 2011

4 Mile Tempo

4-5 Mile Tempo at Whatever Pace You Can Hold

2.4 Mile Warmup
4 miles at 6:48, 614, 553, 558
3 Mile Cool down for 9.4 Miles Total

So my new goal for these next couple of weeks of training is to start off every workout at a pace that is ridiculously slower than I would ever start a normal workout. The reason why I'm doing this is because I'm hoping it will ensure I will have enough oxygen in the later stages of the workouts.  Today during my warmup I even contemplated moving my tempo to Wednesday because my quads were still really sore since my tempo and long run from last week.  In fact, I've been walking down the stairs sideways to avoid the soreness from the descent. 

I didn't want to ditch the workout so I decided to just try to run hard and see how things progress. I also didn't look at my garmin, but did everything on feel.  I think this method helped, but by the end of mile 4, I was panting like I had just run a 400m sprint all out.  I cooled it down, but kept my cool down miles around 650, which is not common for me to do. 

The hardest thing for me right now is to keep my head in the right mindset.  It's not much fun going out to run when you feel like crap practically every time.  I'm really testing my mental strength and tenacity, which should help me prepare for the Trials race. 


Sunny 2 Runner said...

You are one tough gal and this obstacle will only make you stronger.

It is easy to work on your ambition when all appears to be going your way, you will feel confident and optimistic about the outcome.

However the times when we meet obstacles are when the strength of our spirit will dictate how far we get.. May you far and fast!!

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