Week 1 of the plan is going well. Hope it continues :) Tuesday morning, the plan said 6 miles – warm up, 3 x mile with 1/2 recovery jogs, cool down. The thought of attempting this had me tremblin in my shoes. Repeats? Seriously? I’m sooo not ready for this. I thought about knocking it down to 2. That thought was encouraged when I found out Jon needed to leave for work by 6:15am … wow that would mean waking up even earlier than early. Determination prevailed!!! I set the alarm for 5am, DETERMINED to accomplish this. Didn’t want to slack on the plan on the 2nd day. In being realistic to my fitness and mental [LACK] of toughness, I had 2 main goals – keep the 1st repeat not too fast and get faster on each one.
I ran the mile warm up sloooooow. Felt good to stretch out the legs, still a bit heavy from Saturdays 7 miler. Mile 1 was a few notches above comfortable, nowhere near hard. 8:04. Mile 2 felt like I was pushing. 7:30. Towards the end of mile 2 I thought, wow I’m actually doing this! And feeling good! And I’ll finish the workout! Mile 3 caused me to dig deep and hang on. 7:16. Mental and physical victory!!!
I did skimp on the cool down – .6 instead of a full mile. Didn’t want to make the husband late for the concrete pour at work! :)