Let me just say: I had NO idea how hard this ‘pace run’ workout would be this morning. I have work to do!
I am following a RunCoach plan to help me train for the marathon in January. Today, I did my first Pace Run workout. It looked simple enough. I only had to do a few drills, run a few strides and then do 6 minutes each of hard running and jogging in one minute alternating increments (did i lose you ’cause that was confusing?)…
Here are the exact exercises:
Jog .25 miles (easy enough)
I ran with my husband this morning 🙂
Light Stretch (oops – I forgot to do this one!)
7 drills (NOT EASY… My ‘high knees’ were sad and the ‘rhythm skip’ wore me out.)
+ 3 strides
On to the Workout:
fast/slow workout, 6 sets – ‘all’ I had to do was run 1 min @ hard pace, walk or jog for 1 min
Yeah. I had to walk during the jog/walk minute. After running hard for a minute, I had such a hard time catching my breath! Whoa! This was a shocker. I’m not sure why I was shocked since I NEVER run at a hard pace. I was huffing and puffing like the old wolf in Goldilocks. It was a mess. I managed to run hard(ish) the entire minute on the first 2 sets, then the third, fourth and fifth the hard running was more like an aggressive jog. On the last one, I ran hard trying to finish strong.
jog .25 miles – I did not want to start jogging after walking that last minute. I wanted to use the walk to the car as part of the jog, but DH didn’t seem to have that same idea, so we jogged it. I was beat down.
So, I’ve got work to do. I’ll be doing this twice a week for the next couple of months. I may shave 2 minutes off my mile before it’s all over. One can dream, right?