Phew. After Sunday’s great race I figured I’d get a pat on the back, a hug and a few days of recovery. Well, I did get a pat on the back and a hug but I did not get any recovery time! I was assigned a work out for this morning and told that a 5k didn’t necessitate much recovery. Um ok?
I planned on running 8 miles after work last night but I was tired, my legs hurt, I didn’t have a watch and I just wanted to go home. So I ran 5ish and called it good. It was actually a good run. Slow, but it felt good to shake out my legs and get the blood flowing again. Plus, I’m in such a better place mentally if I can decompress a little before walking in my door. It’s kind of funny, when I’m stressed and busy I usually gain weight, but lately I’ve been running and going on walks to deal with my stress and I’m actually lighter than before CIM. Plus, when I’m traveling I barely have time to eat so there’s not much mindless snacking happening in my world.
Anyway, this morning I had mile repeats on my schedule. I’ve never been a lover of the mile repeat but I am capable of doing them when I put my mind to it. My legs were super tired this morning and I had kind of a bad attitude warming up. I jogged around slowly and complained to myself quite a bit. I even negotiated putting off the work out or cutting it in half but eventually I told myself to shut it and just go out there and get it done.
I had everything going against me– my stomach felt super weird, it was windy and I hate that, it was dark and I wasn’t in it mentally. Luckily I was actually running with an ipod this morning and had some really fun music I’d forgotten about. Running with people is great but sometimes running with Justin Timberlake is better.
I did strides and then hit the ground running (hahaha). I looked down at my watch and was pleasantly surprised– I was working but not dying and seemed to be holding the same pace I ran during my 5k. The first mile repeat came through at 7:35 and I was so pleased. It’s hard for me to do that alone and not in a race environment!
I figured I’d have a hard time on the 2nd and 3rd repeats but I actually negative split them coming in at 7:32 and 7:29 respectively. I was so happy. Not only is that a faster pace than I ran the 5k but they’re also mile repeat PRs for me. And although they were hard and I was definitely working out there I didn’t throw up or cramp or die or anything. In fact, after the workout was done and I cooled down I felt pretty good. I was really surprised how well this morning went given how bad I felt when I woke up and that I raced 2 days ago. Woo hoo.
And while I enjoy working hard and doing mile repeats at 5am, I’m excited to just run easy tomorrow. Can’t wait!