TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holding onto the Hope

I still hate it.  Speed training that is.  Today was the day.  Somehow I was able to get myself out there and do some speed work.  Thing was, I had very little time and no car, so I had dig beneath the bed for a matching pair of road running shoes and hit the pavement for the first time in a long time.

Warming up for ten minutes, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to run.  I felt light on my feet, like running was effortless.  And then my hill came (or do I mean, my hell : )

I ran up Golden Lantern (a very decent grade) and back as fast as I could, three times.  After the first dash up and back, I raced up the flight of stairs nearby (about 120 steps with 3 landings), two times.  After my second race up and back Golden Lantern, I ran that flight of stairs 3 more times, resting at the top each time.  Then it was one more speed burst up Golden Lantern (which in reality was quite slow, I was so dang beat).  I ended the run with about a 5 minute leisurely pace before taking time to stretch.

Again, I felt extremely weak and disheartened during and after this speed work.  It’s definitely not my fun day running.  Just holding onto the hope that this will make me a tad stronger and faster.

Miles logged:  3.54

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speed work 12 14 2010

2 comments:

  1. Hang in there, you will get faster and stronger. I hate speed work myself and don't do any nowadays. Luckily I'm passed my PR days!:) I do one shorter, faster run per week but that is it. It is sort of a time trial run. I never do any repeats.

    BTW - elephants can charge at about 25mph.

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  2. Thanks Johann. Wow, 25 mph. That's really amazing.

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