So yesterday I was going to post, but I was at a math training all day and the most interesting thing I could think to tell my husband about my day was that I got to a new level of Angry Birds.
Even my workout was boring - 10 min bike, 30 min elliptical, a few weights, and then 6 Pack Abs Level 2. Although I lied on Monday, I must not have been doing it right, because it nearly killed me. I wore my heart rate monitor and at one point my HR was 174!
Today is tempo run day. I tend to get really anxious about it, like the running gods checked my tempo pace in McMillan and are following behind me ready to poke me with their pitchforks if I fall below speed. This is totally normal....right......RIGHT????
Ummmm....who wants to volunteer to teach me to use photoshop?
Anyway, this week I increased my mileage from 6 to 7, which means 5 tempo miles in the middle. This sort of crosses the barrier for me from "just a run" to "a longish run" so I had to do some prep work last night.
Tempo runs are so hard! I guess that's the whole point, to get used to running faster than your comfort level speed. I read somewhere "If you want to become a faster runner, you need to run faster". As in, basically suck it up and get out there. I keep meaning to wear the heart rate thingie that comes with my garmin because I'm pretty sure its way up there.
My five tempo miles were:
So apparently I have learned a little about pacing except for that stupid third mile. I actually happened to glance down and see it and got really pissed and vowed it wouldn't happen again. It was up a pretty big hill.
On Mile 5 I really thought I was going to die, my legs were on fire, I couldn't catch my breath, and I felt like I was going to puke. But it was worth it to get the 8:33. All in the name of a marathon PR!
Planning on some Bikram tonight!
Do you do tempo runs? What do you think about them?