I had two notable runs last week. One was good, one was BAD! Let's start with the good one, shall we????
Mind Game #1: "I'll only make myself do 4 intervals," I tell myself as I hop on the treadmill. After I have completed two, I tell myself, "Half way done!" After the third, I convince myself I can do five. After the fifth, I tell myself I can suck it up and do just one more. Bam.
Mind Game #2:When I have .35 miles left of my recovery, I tell myself, "You have plenty more time to recover." When I have .35 miles left of my interval, I tell myself, "Only .35 miles, that's nothing!"
It is crazy all the tricks I had to do to get myself to do my 800s on Thursday morning. But the mind games worked, because I did what I planned to... plus a little bit more. (Because I knew I was capable and that I should.)
Here was what I did:
1.5 mile warm up (7.0)
800x6 with 800 recovery in between. (Interval = 9.0, Recovery = 7.0)
1.5 mile cool down (7.0)
My original plan was to only have a 400 recovery in between but I didn't think I'd be able to handle little of recovery so I extended it. The first interval was fine, but by the end of the third, an 800 started to seem like a looooong time. That's also when I started to feel throw uppy for the first little bit of my recovery jogs.
It was sort of weird that at the end of my recoveries, there was like a dark cloud closing in around me and I sort of got tunnel vision... then I would break through it and get clear headed during my intervals. Does anyone else experience this phenomenon!!!???
It was difficult to do six intervals, but I think it was just the perfect amount for me right now. I would not have been able to hold that 9.0 pace on the road. During my last four intervals my body wanted to slow down really badly and the only thing that kept it going was the treadmill.
Fun Fact: For most of my intervals, I jammed out to Waterloo! Seriously, ABBA is the best!!!
I wish Planet Fitness would turn down the heat! It was so hot in there that morning. My shorts and shirt were literally SOAKED through with sweat, which caused my inner thighs to chafe. I guess I have to start wearing body glide to the gym!? How ridiculous.
At the end of my workout, I walked for 9 minutes. The first few seconds of my walk I was meandering all over the place as if I was drunk. I just could not steady myself as my legs were jelly and my equilibrium was off! I had to wait and stretch at work because I was running a little late. There was no way I could have stretched at the gym soaking wet like I was anyway. And I smelled really bad.
So that was my "good" workout. Come back tomorrow to hear all about my BAD tempo run!
Do you have a favorite song to run hard to?
What's your favorite mind game?