I've tried speed workouts numerous times before. I've usually given up after the first try because it just seems so grueling. Today wasn't any different except for I'm giving up about a week earlier than I usually do.
Okay, so I'm kidding. I'm going to *try* and not give up this time. I even made it one of my New Years Resolutions. To get speedy, that is.
But I did put a whole new spin on it. **rubs hands together like she's just devised something new and great**
I initially started out thinking that I would do a .75 mile warmup (3 laps for anyone who really didn't know that) followed by 4 x 400 with a jog lap in between each 400. Then .50 mile cooldown to *hopefully* make an even 3 miles. If there is one thing I can't stand, it's having to post non-even numbers in my running log. I'm anal. I'm an accountant. Deal with it.
Here's what really happened. I ran .50 mile warmup and then decided that I was tough enough/warmed up enough to get this stuff over with (another Resolution: no cuss words, so when you see words like "stuff" or "junk" fill in your own explicative). So, I bolted out of the gate for my first 400. I made it about 387 before I thought I was gonna die. And there were a ton of walkers on the track so I didn't want to be that girl (by the way walkers: use the outside of the track! Please!). Then I proceeded to sortof walk/sortof run (okay so it was all walking) about another 200 meters before the "you're too tough to be walking" part of me came out and I decided from that point to sprint another 400 meters. I made it another 200 before I realized that 1) I was totally messing up my plan and 2) I was being an idiot. I walked the next lap. Then got my act together and sprinted 2 more 400's with a slow jog in betweeen. Then I felt bad for messing that second lap up so I decided to sprint another 200 because in my anal, accountant mind it made everything work out to a sortof even number. Or sortof. I finished up with 2.5 miles which was way better than 2.368, in my mind.
And that was my own made-up version of speedwork.
Next week I'm going to a) do it a 4:00 on the Base track b) do what I really meant to do 4 x 400's.
I hope everyone is having a great week back at work. I am drowning a sea of audit reports but nothing that I can't handle (reference the part about being "tough" above).
Have a great week!