I am going back to running speed work. I have put it aside the last few months. Of course, I did some tempo runs and some track runs when I was prepping for the Austin Marathon, but building speed was certainly nowhere near the core of my training regime. I wanted to build mileage and I wanted to log high weekly numbers during that training period. I made sure I had a good number of fast-ish miles, but I never pushed myself too much.
Monday, I set out on a tempo run. It was probably not the best idea since my 9 mile run on Saturday with Brennan was probably the longest + fastest since the marathon AND I had run 4 good miles on Sunday. While I felt good, I was far from rested. But I wanted to run FAST and needed to get out there.
The problem was that it was windy and I was doing a mile loop. That meant half the mile I was facing a lot of resistance and cold, the other half I was speedy and hot from the sun shinning. After 3 miles at a tempo pace (the first 2 at a much faster pace than I expected, the third at a normal tempo pace), I was pretty tired and knew I needed energy to run up some hills to get back home.
I took today (Tuesday) off, as it is my busy teaching day. (Can I just say that Spring Break CANNOT come fast enough? These students--not to mention ME--need a good break). It was a beautiful sunny, non-windy day. The next couple of days look full of rain, cold, snow, etc. Meh. Of course my rest day was the best weather day of the week.
I want to do a little bit of intervals tomorrow and then take it easy for the rest of the week, as I am running a 20K on Sunday. I do not plan to race that 20K hard, but use it as a chance to work on stamina.
In other news, I am spending more time on Twitter these days. (Follow me here). I get totally overwhelmed with how many tweets are happening all the time, and I have yet to fully figure out all the Twitter etiquette and symbols/hashtags. But (and I swore I would never say this!) I am having a blast!
Has anyone ever done a 20K?
I am looking at an instant PR, but almost wishing it was just a half marathon so I could gauge where I am at based on my fall halves. Oh well!