Day 4 in a row - man, I should take some time off from blogging again, it has inspired me!!
As I mentioned before, I have signed up for a 1/2 marathon training group! There's a new 1/2 marathon in my hometown that is coursing (is that a word?) through downtown, the local ballpark, and the zoo! It's really cool, and has (the best part) a fantastic goodie bag, and (an even better part) an ice cream sundae bar at the finish! The race is in May.
The next Tuesday was a tempo pace run. I have to admit that I've read about tempo runs on other running blogs, but have never actually done one. I now have to admit that I hate this workout! We warm-up at a slow pace for 10 minutes, then Kyle (our trainer) yells, "Tempo!" Now I have to run for 20 minutes at a 9:10 pace, and every other week, the minutes increase by 5. The area we run in has lots of bugs, so there I am panting, inhaling bugs! Ah well, it's protein!
Kyle is from my local running store (shout out for Sierra Running Company). He is like a running ghost. He sends us off to run to our starting point, and before we get there, he appears ahead of us! We had to do a Magic Mile at the beginning of our training. This Magic Mile consisted of me running 1 mile as fast as I could. Kyle kept saying, "I'm sure you haven't run an all-out mile since high school." Um, no, I've never run an all-out mile! He started us off and said he would meet us at the end. I'm thinking, "Buddy, how fast are you?" Turns out - very fast! My mile was 8:15 (I'm so damn proud of that!). I swear, by the time I got to Kyle and his stop watch, he'd had time to run to McDonalds and Starbucks! I know I saw a wadded up Big Mac wrapper by his feet!
Well, it's Tuesday and I'm hurt!
Please, all you runners out there...let me hear your injury stories...please...share!