Saturday, August 25, 2012

Marathon paced tempo

AM: 3 mile w/u, 7.5-8 miles @ marathon pace, 3 mile c/d
6:24, 6:16, 6:13, 6:08, 6:19, 6:13, 6:23, 6:20 (.75)

This workout was a bit of a fail. I have just put in 4 solid weeks of training and higher than normal miles and my legs are pretty fried. This morning I had planned on running the Poor House loop (8.8 miles) at sub 6:20 pace, but when I finished my warm-up my legs felt tight and shaky. I told Houston that I didn't think it would be a good day for the session we had originally planned so I just decided to warm-up into it and see how things unfolded.
The positive thing I took from this workout is that the pace was not hard. My breathing was controlled and I was not working too hard to maintain pace all on my own. The negative thing...I cramped badly. Houston was nice enough to throw me a drink, a gel and some salt from the car but nothing I took made my legs feel any different.

Once I finally turned back on South Montgomery with less than 1.5 miles left, my legs just died. I cramped all the way up on my left side, thus deciding the workout was over. I jogged a few more miles and called it a day.

Next time my schedule calls for a recovery week, I'm going to take. Once again, lesson learned!


Renee said...

seems like we always are learning new lessons...and then we think we learn them...and then we learn again. haha.

regardless, great week and great job.

keep grinding :)

btw, the pictures are awesome that you took from the workout. thanks.

L.A. Runner said...

That's still an amazing workout. I assume your next goal is Trials?