I had my very first speed workout (about a week late on this because LIFE) planned for Thursday morning. But, then the mosquito got me.
I probably should have waited longer but you know sometimes the weather, the timing, the everything falls into place and you just gotta run.
I stuck a band-aid on my foot, got in my running gear and headed out for my first ever tempo run. As I am a speed workout newbie I will share the definition of MY tempo run. I looked it up on Runner's World and there are a whole slew of definitions, but really, it's about me here (thanks personal blog) so I will tell you what my training required. Now, reminder, I am a newbie at speed, and this is just my personal workout plan I got from Women's Health. I call this my "Do a Google search and find a half marathon training plan that fits into my schedule"! The plan was to run a warm-up mile, then run a fast mile, then cool down with a slower mile.
My goal for the Monroe Half Marathon is 2:30. It might seem slow to some, but for me, that would beat my current PR by almost twenty minutes. My pace for the half will need to be around an 11:30 minute/mile.
For my tempo run, the goal is to run the fast part of my run at my race pace, or just above it. Unfortunately, it has been a really long time since I've run fast, thanks humidity and summer, and by thanks I mean eff off, so running anything faster than that 12:03 seemed pretty darn impossible. I REALLY wanted to get below 12 minutes/mile.
My first tempo run sucked. After that just over 12 minutes per mile I was afraid for my upcoming half marathon. Yes, I know this isn't the one I am really training for. But, still, I was hurting after that second mile and convinced there was no way I was going to finish 13.1 in a week.
The good news is as bad as I felt during the fast part of the tempo run, the rest of it felt pretty good. I slowed down for the third mile and realized keeping at around a 13:30 pace was getting to be pretty easy. That made me feel good. All that training with the stroller seems to be paying off.
First speed workout completed!
*Please note, I had to mess with the lyrics for my title up there, it's a Cake song and it's actually HE not SHE but screw that!