Special thanks to Mystery Coach for raising the hit count (as usual) with his "Ask the Mystery Coach" post yesterday. Keep those questions coming.
I had a bit of a sour stomach this morning as I headed to the track to do a session of 1000's. The plan was for 1-10x1000 at around 3:20, or whatever speed I could run comfortably fast at. I was set to run one repeat every 5 minutes, which meant about 1:40 or so of rest between intervals. An unplanned detour to the restroom at Sabino Canyon and three miles of warm up found me at the junior high track. I honestly hesitated a bit and stalled with a few strides, as stretching the warm up from 2 to 3 miles didn't seem to make me feel any better. Still, I'm usually a bit unsure of speed work before I actually get into the workout.
3:22, 3:20, 3:19, 3:21, 3:21, 3:21, 3:21, done
I never really felt great during the workout, as the legs just didn't feel fresh. Usually I can relax enough to drive the knees and really concentrate on a light and efficient foot-strike. Today I felt like I was really landing flat-footed, and more than a few times I felt myself struggling, with tight arms swinging hard in an effort to get the legs moving (not good). As I noticed how things were going I started to focus on the fatigue level, and 400 meters into number 7 I knew I was about done.
I think I might have needed an extra easy day between the long run and the intervals today, but it could have just not been my day. I was glad to stop before running myself into the ground, and there will certainly be other days.
Yesterday was an easy 9 miles, and that's it for today as it's time to goof off with Finn.
Training: 10 miles, 1:05:24, 6:32 pace, w/7x1000 (1:40 rest) in 3:22, 3:20, 3:19, 3:21, 3:21, 3:21, 3:21
Yesterday, 9 miles, 1:04:47, 7:14 pace