If It Walks Like a Duck…

…it must be a runner after their first speed workout. I am sore today! Yesterday I was telling Josh how I didn’t think the No More Trouble Zones DVD really worked me out as much as the 30 Day Shred (which was disappointing considering it’s twice as long) because I wasn’t sore at all.. I don’t know if it was the combo of doing the DVD on Monday night then the speed workout, or just running intervals for the first time in months, but man. I swear I’m walking like a duck today trying not to work my thigh muscles at all.

I have to say this interval workout kicked my butt!  This is what I looked like after.  According to my training plan I needed to do 8×400 meter (.25 mile) intervals at about a 7:30 min/mile pace.  Note that this was my speed interval pace and not my sprint interval pace…eek.  I didn’t note however in my plan what my recovery intervals were supposed to be so I made those 400 m @ 10 min/mile pace.  I know that there is a way to program this in my Garmin, but I’m lazy and would rather just have the treadmill do it for me.  Plus I’m pretty sure I would have quit all together or slowed down significantly had I been on an actual track.

Here’s how it went:

1 mile warm-up-10 min/mile
.25-7:30
.25-10
.25-7:30
.25-10
.25-7:30
.25-10
.25-7:30

Already overheated at this point I took a 2 minute break to throw some water on my face…the gym was HOTT hot.

.25-10
.25-7:30
.25-10
.25-7:30
.25-10
.25-7:30
.25-10
.25-7:30
1 mile cool down-10 min/mile

Time: 52:26 minutes    Distace: 5.75 miles    Avg. Pace: 9:07 min/miles

This was hard for me. Just reinforced why I need to do this speed work.  Overall I ran 3.75 miles at the 10 min/mile pace and 2 at the 7:30 min/mile pace. Not fast for some, but definitely fast for me since I’m just getting back into it. Can’t wait until next weeks torture, I mean speed session.

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