Process Running: r001.05 — Shit Gets Real
April 14 2018 // Mayday Mile, Edmonton
It’s time to find out where I am. Tuesday night was a baseline test of my mind. Whether I can ask myself if I still have it, and override the first response my body responds with.
Tonight is about seeing where the sticks are at. Are my legs ready to turn over efficiently at my race pace?
This is my new life. My best friend. This is the pace I’ve determined is a realistic pace that achieves my sub-twenty goals, and puts me in a good position to lay down a nice time come race day if I have a bunch more in me.
I’ve already stated that I plan to start workouts at race pace, and learn to stay fast longer. Tonight is a main course of 400’s for 3.2km total at race pace. There is no desert. This shit is about grinding.
To keep things spicy, rest is going to be a rolling 60 seconds.
I’m feeling a full week of workouts, but my legs are enjoying the load so far. You can see my training since signing up has already gotten extremely consistent.
It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, and the Mayday Mile is quiet — open for runners.
I come out thighs blazing and rip a 1:32.6 for 3:52/km pace. Slow things down too much, then pop another 1:32.1. My recovery minutes are at 5:30’ish/km. I’m gasping for air. I’m hurting. I’m hitting my pace but I’m fighting for it.
Then it happens. It all falls into place. My stride feels smooth. Elbows getting back, hips extending on the opposite side. A spicy 1:25.6. Now I’m getting cocky, and dial it back a pinch dropping three repeats right where I want.
Recovery minutes are a little quicker too now.
It’s work. Make no mistake. I am making noise breathing through the repeats, but I’m hitting my pace, and recovering quickly. On the last 400 I cut a 1:29 flat @ 3:42/km.
In the cool down after the last repeat I go over how everything felt. I don’t actually know if I’ve hit my paces exactly. The average’s look good on the watch at the end of each lap but I’m not completely…
*beep* *beep* *beep* *beep* *beeeeeeeep*
Oh shit, there is a bonus 600 at the end of the 400’s. I hit it hard without a second thought. I stay the fuck on it for 2:22.1 for a 3:57/km pace. Nicely done.
Week one of workouts is in the books. I’m right where I figured I would be, and hitting my race pace in the first real workout. I’ve got a long run pacing a fun little progression down to 4:40/km and then back at it next week with some 800’s.