That’s what this whole group/coach marathon training thing is making me do so far.
Push it faster than what I would do on my own, without a group or without a coach running with us.
Push it further than what I would do on my own.
Push it harder under conditions that I wouldn’t normally run in on my own.
Today’s workout was at 6:00 P.M., when it was 80 degrees. You all know that I very rarely run at night, particularly when it’s a hard workout and it’s so hot out. But that’s when the group was running, so I forced myself out in conditions that I normally wouldn’t train in.
Today’s workout was supposed to be warm up, then 3 of these mile long bow-tie shaped loops that were rolling hills on each of the ends of the loops (with only about 1 minute recovery between loops), then cool down. I’m not sure if the group had already done this workout or not, but I was really the only one who asked what pace we should do it. Coach said pace should be a bit faster than marathon pace, maybe 5 – 10 seconds. Not an all out track type effort. Ok, so I figured MP for me is around 8:17, so I’d run each of the bow-tie loops at 8:05 – 8:10 pace. But then the entire group (maybe 7 or 8 of us) took off. Fast. So I did too. Looked down at garmin and was going WAY faster than 8:05 – 8:10. But I didn’t want to be left in the dust, so I tried to keep up. And felt like I was going to die. Each loop I slowed down. By the 3rd loop I felt like I was going to die and wanted to quit. I probably would have said F it if I had been running on my own. But Coach stayed just in front of me the whole time and I didn’t want to be a wuss and quit with him there, or with the others waiting at the finish area. So I finished, with a bright red face, over heated body and gasping for breath. Paces on each loop: 7:07, 7:30, 7:57. Yep, definitely pushed it A TON faster and further than I would have on my own.
Now, as I’m sitting here looking at my runningahead log and typing this, I feel very satisfied and glad that I did push things today. This training cycle is gonna help (if it doesn’t kill me first!)
And, as an aside, some of the funny searches that led people to my blog this week: “running a marathon naked” (ok, that’s just weird!), “how to run from the law” (sorry, I’m not a criminal attorney!), “cutest turtle ever” (WTF?), “sexy feet blog” (this one always cracks me up since I have the world’s UGLIEST feet!).