2x15 minutes @ goal HMP
5 minute recovery between sets
While I was able to hit my paces, this workout was a lot more challenging then I thought it would be. I still feel confident that come May 20th that I will be able to hold a 6:30 pace for my half, but this workout provided quite the humbling experience for where I am as of today. Really had to push and work for this, and it wasn't easy. Coasting through the rest of my training saying,
"I just ran an 8k PR that hosted a mini 5k PR at the split"
with expectations that I will show up to that line in 7 weeks without having to put in some kick butt work to just magically cross the line with a 3 minute PR is naive and silly. Instead I have to earn it. It is going to hurt and most likely the next several weeks will host quite a few workouts that are going scare the pants off of me, but that is what it takes to achieve the unthinkable.
PR's and wins have to be earned, and I want both on May 20th.
That's right folks, I'm going for the win.
And that means I have to get out there and train hard and smart.
Making it count. Everyday.
Call me crazy, but I like to load my hard days as much as possible so that on my rest days I can take it easy giving my body ample time to repair and recover. Thought that I was odd for doing this until I read on the ever-so-speedy Sara Hall's twitter feed that she does this too, and she's a 15:20 5ker...so I think she is on to something.
After I put in a muscle-aching speed workout, most of the time I follow that up with a strength circuit at the gym using minimal equipment.
1 set of 15 lb. weights
1 set of 12.5 lb. weights
1 set of 10 lb. weights
And usually my lunch that I snack on between sets
In 45 minutes I burned 523 calories, 31% of those being calories from fat with this circuit
Sure I was tired as all heck, but I did it anyways.
There will never be a worthy achievement in life that comes easy.
Just gotta ride that edge and make the impossible seem a bit more possible.