Wednesdays are my speedwork day. I was dreading tonight’s workout, but it actually felt good. I can’t run fast for long, but I love the rush I get from flying through parts of the trail.
I planned to do 3.5 miles, alternating 0.5 miles of jogging with 0.5 miles of speed (at a 9:10 pace or better). I gradually got slower each mile, but I was able to keep my pace up for the last half mile of speed, and it was a pain in my left knee that held me back more than anything. I stopped after 3.1 miles because of the pain. I had done my speedwork (and a 5k!) and decided to walk for a cool down, rather than push my knee any further. My splits:
- Mile 1: 9:30
- Mile 2: 9:55
- Mile 3: 10:16
- Total: 3.1 miles in 30:47 (9:56 average pace)
For the first mile, I jogged half in 5:14 and ran the rest in 4:16. My second mile was about 5:30 and 4:25. For the third mile, I walked about a minute of it, and the split was about 6:05 and 4:11.
I think one of my favorite things about running (with the Garmin) is analyzing the numbers after my run!