Yesterday was no exception. I warmed up for 1.5 miles (6 laps) and the humidity sunk into my skin and saturated my lungs. It was going to be another tough one. The workouts are getting longer and harder as my training cycle progresses.
Yesterday, the plan was 6×1200 with 2:00 rest between each. A 1200 is 3 laps around the track, or 3/4 of a mile. When all was said and done I would have completed 4.5 miles of WORK, plus my warm up and cool down for a total of 8.25 miles.
I am training at paces for a 3:20 marathon this cycle, and the McMillan calculator suggests that I try to nail my 1200s somewhere between 4:41-5:00.
1 – 4:58.
Just under the wire. I’ll take it.
2 – 4:57.
Feeling stronger. I can do this.
3 – 4:56.
Seems there is a pattern here. Consistency matters in a track workout.
4 – 4:54.
Over the hump. Only two more to go. Endorphins and determination are taking over and I’m happy I’m sticking it out. There’s no way I’m not getting this done.
5 – 4:53.
I’ve got this. I’m getting faster if only by a few seconds.
This – being out here and getting it done – MATTERS TO ME.
6 – 4:52.
I’ve earned my cool down. I’ve earned my rest day. I’ve earned the amazing feeling I have at this moment. I’m proud and grateful to be done.
The cool down laps felt so effortless as I ran and chatted with my buddies. We talked about how much we were dreading the workout when we got there, and how GOOD we felt now that it was done. It’s amazing what 4.5 miles of guts can do for your mood. I left the track feeling happy — and strong. Ready to face whatever came my way throughout the day, and ready to face it with a smile and the knowledge that if I can get through that…I can probably get through just about anything.
Can you relate to that feeling of dread before a tough workout on the track or the trail? What kinds of things do you tell yourself to help you get going and get through it?