I'm all for a good challenge, but suicide workouts in temperatures that I am not yet accustomed to as my first go at quick running after the flu was just plain stupid. Don't know why I made such a novice decision yesterday to attempt this workout at this timing, but it became very clear very quickly that pushing my self that hard in those conditions would provide little to no benefit and would just wipe me out. For me putting in a quality workout is better then forcing one that may kill me.
Take-two of my speed workout happened this morning, but with a few modifications.
4 sets of 1x1600 @ 6:18-6:22 pace/2x400's @ 1:33-1:36 pace
6:17, 1:34, 1:32
6:16, 1:32, 1:33
6:10, 1:32, 1:33
6:15, 1:32, 1:33
My paces were a bit quicker then I anticipated, but my legs felt light and had a bit of extra zest today. The temps were over 20 degrees cooler today with no humidity, which I think added that extra zing to my legs. This was by no means an easy workout, but I kept repeating my new go-to mantra to get me through and continued to visualize myself cruising along next weeks course.
Running fast isn't pleasant, it makes your lungs burn, every muscle in your body aches, and your breakfast wants to reappear. But staying in that cozy comfort zone will never get you any closer to that edge where the impossible seems to become a bit more possible.
Worthy accomplishments will never come easy.