Yesterday, it was hard to take a rest day when I hadn't even run since Monday.
But it paid off today. It was pretty easy to get up at 5:45am and I was so happy to be running! I did Tuesday's speed workout from Train Like A Mother. 1000x3 at race pace with 400 recovery. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do all three repeats since I was so off my running game this week. These are the runs that the treadmill comes in handy. I set the pace and I just have to keep pushing myself.
I was looking forward to listening to the new Another Mother Runner podcast while I ran. I read some comments that it was a pretty funny episode and it truly was. The ladies were a bit delirious from the exhaustion of the book release and it's just funny to listen to them in their delirium. But as always, they are entertaining and informative.
Back to the workout. I warmed up for 1 mile then started the first repeat. The most challenging part of this workout was keeping track of my laps. 1000m is 2.5 laps or .62 miles (this helpful information is provided in the training plan of course). Since my goal race pace for a 10k is 9:10, I set the treadmill at 6.5 for the 1000's which is a 9:13 pace.
It wasn't too difficult to stay there for each repeat and was able to finish all three. The podcast ran out just as I was starting the last repeat, so I turned on Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)" and I felt like I was on top of the world. Maybe I bumped my pace to 9:05 too.
I rounded out the run with about a mile cool down and finished the run with 4.25 miles.
Tomorrow I have a 7 mile easy run on the schedule. Even though I did a speed workout today, I should be fine for 7 miles tomorrow and if anything it will help me keep a slower pace.
I feel like me again this morning. Rested and energized but with tired legs from a good, hard run.
Just had to share me and my sweet Lily-bug. She's standing behind me on the chair while I type this and when I stepped away for a moment she opened Photobooth and insisted we take a few photos together.