Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Interval Tuesday

It has been a very interesting last couple of days.  The weekend flew by and so did Monday as I never got around to posting.

Friday night Brian and I drove home to his parents house and went to a family bowling party.  It was pretty awesome and we stayed out till after midnight.  Saturday I woke up and felt hung over even though I didn't drink at all the night before.  Also my left hip was sore from all the bowling so I took Saturday off from running.

Sunday I got up and made it out into the SUNSHINE for a wonderful run.  My legs felt good and I really pushed the pace.  4.8 miles at 7:10min/mile pace and I was dying at the end.  This run really helped me to realize that I am getting faster.  I think the reason I haven't raced since last summer is because I lack the confidence.  I was in such good shape 9 months ago and I set such high expectations for myself that I worry I wont be able to meet them.  Although it was beautiful out, I didn't totally enjoy this run.  I was just pushing hard and focusing on my legs.  Slow steady runs really are more enjoyable because you can look at your surroundings and just relax.

Monday was a full cross training day.  I went to the gym in the morning and finally learned how to use the new Ellipticals.  I just glided along for 30 minutes while I read my book then jumped off and did some upper body weights.  After work I met my best friend Kaylie at the gym for a yoga class.  I didn't go last week and I could totally tell because my hips and hamstrings were so tight!

This morning I decided to run treadmill intervals instead of waiting for Wednesday (workout stolen from Lacey).
1 mile warm up
3x [400m, 400, 800m] with 90 seconds rest after each and 3 minutes rest between sets
0.5 mile cool down

And this workout killed me!  I ran this workout at a much faster pace than the last time when I did the 600s and 800s workout.  I think I ran it at about a 6:47 or 6:50 pace last time and this time I started at 6:35 pace but could not hold it.  I scaled back to 6:40 for the second 800m and the final set.  After the second set I stopped to walk because I thought I was going to throw up and my stomach hurt so much.  I only did 400m for the last 800m because I was dying.  It just wasn't a "good" feeling workout.  I feel like I am running out of ideas for interval workouts!

Its been another busy day at work.  Hope you all are having a fabulous week!

25 comments:

Lacey Nicole said...

way to tackle it!!!!! i have intervals after work today and i'm not really looking forward to it :) i just wanna get back to the track and i wish i had people to run with!!!!!!!!!! i hate the throw up feeling... i wish i was in superhuman shape :)

you know i don't think i read nancy drew!!! i'm not sure how i missed that series. did you read any of the john bellair books???? i remember taking them ALL out of the library at one time, lol. and i loooooved roald dahl!!!

reading anything good now?

Morgan said...

Confidence is such an important factor in not only racing but running in general. If you lack it, you don't always push yourself for fear of failure. So happy that you are feeling more confident about your runs and getting your speed back. I know it was hard taking the time off when you are injured but just remember that now you have the knowlege and tools to take preventive measures. Get your run on girl!

runkerarun said...

The worst feeling in the world is approaching a piece of equipment in the gym, staring at it wondering how it works, getting on, totally fail to understand how it works, then quietly and inconspicuously step off, hoping no one saw what just happened.

No, that's never happened before, what are you talking about...

marathonmaiden said...

yay intervals! bummer you weren't feeling it though. i had intervals today and by the end i was running out of gas too. you still tackled the workout with vigor so props :)

Marlene said...

You are FAST! I was so stoked today because I ran ONE mile at 7:10, and there you go running 4.8! lol, good job! I know what you mean about fast runs not being so enjoyable... they make me appreciate my long slow runs even more.

Molly said...

you're a speedy girl!! Nice job with the workouts...I've been trying to stay consistent with my yoga, and it makes such a difference!

Chelsea said...

Awesome workout. You want to send some speed and sunny weather my way?? :)

Jocelyn said...

Yeah I am glad you are getting your confidence back. It sucks when you know you can go faster then what you are doing. :) Great job on all of those tough work outs

Jill said...

You are getting speedy - way to go!! Glad your confidence is riding high, that's so key!!!

Jeri said...

yah I'll say you're getting your speed back. 7:10 pace?? 6:50 speed intervals. yup....I'd say so. :D

sunapeegirl said...

I hate workouts when you're just not feeling it. For me, I almost know whether or not a work out is going to be good before I even start. I wonder if my head/how I think it will be affects how it actually is?
Great job on the workout though.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Some really great work! Way to push yourself. I hate that throw up feeling.

X-Country2 said...

Great intervals!

kilax said...

I have confidence for you! Get out there and race, speedy!

I tried my first interval run this week. It was fun, but challenging.

wannabewriterrunner said...

Nicely done! Intervals can be great and a good way to switch up your routine.

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Awesome job on the interval run and woohoo on your pace!! Amazing!!!!

runnernic.com said...

Your awesome! You are getting so much faster! I'm so proud of you! Way to go girlie!! Keep up the great work!

Aneta said...

great work! everyone is doing intervals lately! haha. thats great!!
and wow ur intervals seem intense. ur intervals are too fast for me. i would fall off the treadmill! haha

aron said...

awesome job!!! you had a couple of SPEEDY runs in there :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Dang you are fast - I don't think I could do one mile at that pace! Well done! I haven't done speed work in a while. I know it's necessary, but it's def not my favorite thing as it's not as relaxing and I am always looking at my watch to make sure I am still on pace.

Rio said...

Monday's cross training day sounds like a dream! i wish I could incorporate that into my life. Strong work on the intervals! they must work because you're quick on your feet!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

You're so speedy! I did 800's on the treadmill today too only mine were like an 8:15 pace, which is FAST for me! Haha

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

holy friggin fast, I don't want to say the green eyed monster is sitting here...but awesome.

oh yeah for the bowling night, was it cosmic bowling?

Staci Dombroski said...

I think I am going to call you speedy now!! Way to go on the run :-)

The Happy Runner said...

Awesome job getting those speedy repeats done! They may not have felt good, but you did them!