So I’ve only been back at running for a little less than a week now, granted I didn’t really take that much time off. However, I’m kind of ambitious when it comes to training so I wanted to get some sort of workout in this week to allow my legs to “snap” back into it.
The workout today was a little bit of a fartlek workout. Nothing too crazy. It started out with a 2.5 mile warm up. Following this was the actual workout itself which was 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1 minutes with the rest being half the amount of the fartlek that I just did (so for 1 minute it would be 30 seconds, for 2 minutes it would be 1 minute, and so on…) Then a 2.3 mile cool down to wrap it all up (it was 2.3 miles to make it an even 10 today).
I went into this workout thinking something along the lines of “just get your legs moving, don’t worry about the paces”. If you know me, that almost never happens. I always end up getting a little too ahead of myself and one set just builds off of another and before I know it I’m going a little bit faster than I should be. Don’t get me wrong, the workout went well but the paces for each fartlek were probably not the kind of paces that I want to be going this early. This is something that I am definitely going to have to focus on learning to control in the next few months if I am really serious about doing marathons. It’s definitely key to set yourself up in a way that you are going to feel good come the second half of the workout. I don’t want to be going out in a marathon crazy fast feeling good and then come the second half just fall apart. I honestly could not think of a more miserable way to run a marathon.
Anyways, back to the workout. It was a good opener workout. The first half was faster than I wanted and that made me work harder the second half of the workout. Thankfully it was short and I was able to get through it just fine. For the actually workout portion I was 5.22 miles with an average pace of 5:42. For each fartlek itself the average paces were (in order of the fartleks…) 5:20, 5:15, 5:11, 5:08, 5:07, 5:00, 4:55, 4:40. Overall it was a good workout, I just did not run it in a very smart way. But hey, I’m happy to get some good work in.
Until next time folks.