Today the scheduled called for 6x800 and I had to do it on the treadmill. Actually I could have run them outside, but it would have been 32 degrees and pitch dark. No thank you! I pick the treadmill on the enclosed, but not heated or cooled porch in the daylight with a tv to watch. Really there was no choice!
I procrastinated as long as I could by doing things like dishes, reading the paper, reading email, and watching Team Umizoomi. It is compelling tv! Finally I got my butt in gear and started running. I decided it would be easier to keep track of the repeats if I put sticky notes on my treadmill. I could also then crumbled one up as I finished each repeat.
I have not done any speed work since November 22nd! Wow!! I missed two scheduled speed work days because I was sick so it has been a long time! I ran the first two without any trouble. I set my pace at 7:30, 7:24, or 7:19 depending on how I felt and how close I was to finishing the 800. I wanted to finish faster than I started. The third one gave me fits. At the 400 mark I held onto the rails for a second and then I hit stop. I looked at the ceiling and said "you just quit on your marathon." Feeling totally disgusted with myself I started up again at the 7:19 pace and finished. The last three went much better. I was feeling good and hit stop only to realize that I did not finish. I had lost track of my distance and after some quick math I realized I had a 400 to run yet. I was so annoyed with myself that I ran a long 800. It was more like a 900 or 1000. Even with a few bumps I felt pretty good with the results today.
I ran just under 4 minutes rests and did a one mile warm up and cool down. So, 6.5 miles later I felt like I embraced the challenge and did well for today. 800's on the treadmill was not a awful as I thought it might be. My sticky note plan worked well for the number of repeats. Next time I just have to do a better job with my math.
I ran in my new shoes today. They are Saucony Cortana.
The good thing about having a treadmill at home is that I have greater choice when I can run. The bad thing about having a treadmill at home is that I am immediately mom when I hit stop. Today I had to hold off Elena and Samuel for the last half mile of my cool down. Tangled was over and they were ready to play with play-doh.
So, hungry, sweaty, and now cold I had to set up the play-doh. Then I forgot I was cold so I did some laundry, more dishes, made the beds, and the list goes on. Thankfully I remembered to stretch while working. Nothing like a proper recovery!