Tuesday Interval Workout:
1 mi @ Easy
2x 1mi @ Threshold w/ 2 min recovery
4x200m @ Interval w/ 200m recovery
1 mi @ Easy
Seeing this workout on my training plan scared me. I hadn't run mile repeats since last summer and I was in much better shape.
I thought I would try to push myself because last week I felt good with the paces but not like they were on the verge of impossible. So I jumped on the treadmill this morning at 5am and started in with an easy mile.
Mile 1 (7:03 treadmill pace): Not too bad, I think I can actually do this.
Mile 2: (7:03 treadmill pace): Ok this feels really hard! I wonder if I am even running ~7 min/mile pace. This does not feel like 7 min pace. I know I would have no trouble running this pace outside.
For me the treadmill is always harder! I don't understand! I thought it was supposed to be easier to run fast on the treadmill! I always just feel slow and never feel like I can hit the same paces as I do outside!
I finished up the 200m repeats and then settled into the easy cool down mile. I just wanted to be done. My legs felt like they were going to fall off and I wanted to walk and just stop running. But I finished up the workout and lifted a few weights and then stretched.
After much struggle in the locker room, I got my recovery socks on. My legs are feeling the workout now (tired and achy), which is good because I know that I worked them hard! This workout just reaffirms the fact that I cannot wait for spring so I can get back on the track!
Is the treadmill easier or harder for you? Do you really believe you are running that pace that it says you?
Have a great Tuesday!