Yeah, you read right. Stop the presses. I did a tempo run and I enjoyed it. And felt good doing it. Amazing. I hate tempo runs!
I was feeling inspired after Sunday’s marathon and commiting myself to the Shamrockin’ half marathon so I decided to attempt 2 x 2 miles at the pace I hope to run the half. I’ve been feeling kind of yucky in the IT band lately but it’s not bad when I run, so what the heck.
Warmed up, felt surprisingly good and started my tempo session. I couldn’t keep myself at half marathon pace and my first mile came in at exactly 8 mins. Ooops! I tried to rein myself in and run more like 8:1O but it just wasn’t happening! Second mile came in at just over 8 mins, maybe 8:O2 and my 3rd and 4th miles were both sub-8 mins. Needless to say… I was really surprised. Now, that tempo run is NOTHING for me to write home about and I certainly have done that workout faster, but I’m happy with the effort I put out there today.
I cooled down for 3 miles and just enjoyed myself. Today was the first time running a tough workout actually felt fun. I was a sweaty, disgusting mess when I got home [sorry to my east coast friends... I had to lose my shirt half way through because it was really warm and the long sleeves were killing me!] but it was the good kind of mess. The kind where you know you put some good effort out and put solid training in the bank. It was a gorgeous, warm day- one that reminded me why on earth we do this!
On Thursday I’m thinking I’ll do another fartlek workout. Maybe one a bit harder. Hold your horses people! I’M BACK!