The toughest workout of this marathon training schedule had to be today's.
2mi warm up
3x3mi at tempo pace w/ 3 min recovery
1mi cool down
Earlier in the week, the weather looked great for a lunch time run and since my running buddy was busy after work for our usual running club rendezvous we decided to meet at noon on Thursday to run.
The temperature when we started was very close to 70F with ~15mph winds. I thought nothing of these two factors until about half way through the first set of 3 miles at tempo. The wind was in my face and I was frustrated because I felt like this workout was taking more energy than it should.
Once the first three miles were over, I was already feeling drained. The sun was beating down on us and I just was not used to the heat. I said to my running buddy, "Maybe this is what all the people who ran Boston felt like, except much worse."
We started the next set and the wind turned into a greater hindrance than a help with the tempo pace. Every step was a mental battle to not stop running. Sometimes you just have those runs, they happen every training cycle and I was about due for one.
The final set was the worst of course, but somehow I was able to dig deep and barely pull out negative splits (by a second or so) on the three sets. After finishing, I vowed that lunch time was strictly reserved for easy runs and not tempo runs. Once I returned to my desk, showered and back in my work clothes, I quickly consumed my whole lunch and 32 ounces of water.
The heat had taken its toll on me today. I just got unlucky in the fact that the first warm day, I decided to do a tempo run in the middle of the day. So it was a bit of poor planning on my part but it was still good to get this run done.
12 miles total at lunch was a bit of a stretch, especially since I was gone for almost 2 hours (with changing and showering post run) but thankfully I work in a place that is flexible like that. Not that I can do this every day but its nice to have the chance every once in a while.
Post run tonight, I am still ravenous for food and water. Brian worked late and so I decided to work on the leftovers in the fridge instead of making a brand new meal. I realized that if I was single and alone, I would most likely make and eat some type of tacos every single night.
Leftover grilled chicken with cheddar cheese, tomato and guacamole on a burrito tortilla. Hit the spot. For now.
5 more weeks to go until the marathon.