6 mile run
I got off work early today to get my mid-week “longish” run in. Today was 6 miles. My plan had me doing 6 miles anyways, but Scarlette sent me what she was doing. Her workouts are always so much more fun! I would have plodded along for 6 miles, but instead I had these instructions:
3 x 2 miles:
Effort #1 – should be just a little harder than your warm-up.
Effort #2 – should be about the way you would run in a race or if someone were watching you!
Effort #3 – should be as if you were racing someone and you don’t want them to beat you. Yes – HARD!
My warm-up was nice and easy and I was feeling really great. I went out stronger than I should have for the 1st effort… I did the first 2 miles in about 9:30-9:45 pace. For my second lap I started out a bit slower…. after the brief walk and some stretching I had a hard time getting up to speed again. I managed to keep it between 10:00 and 10:30 most of the time.
I did manage to run like someone was watching me! It is funny how differently you can run when you start thinking like this. My posture was better, I held in my stomach a bit more and I sped up a bit – then a squirrel jumped out at me from behind a tree and I lost all my concentration!
After the squirrel episode I regained my composure and finished that lap ok. My mile 4 my left hip and hamstring started hurting. The outside muscle of my left hip has been hurting all week since speed training. I have tried stretching, trigger point and foam roller… heat, ice and BioFreeze. I am going to keep up this regime and hope for it to heel . I do not have a massage scheduled for another week so I will just have to manage.
By the third set I was feeling a bit slower and for some reason got to a point where I could barely move my legs I walked for a minute or two and decided to run through the fatigue. I thought of the last two miles of the marathon. Stopping will NOT be an option. I wanted to finish strong. I ended up running the last quarter mile at a 9:56 pace.
Overall it took me 1:02 to run 6 miles with a couple of walking breaks. I was happy with that time.
There are 14 days before the marathon!!!
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