The title pretty much sums up my run this morning - a bit of a fail in terms of hitting 10k pace. What was supposed to happen - 3 mile warm up, 16 x 90 seconds at 6:20 pace with 1 minute recovery at 7:30 to 8:00 pace, 3 mile cool down. What actually happened - the majority of the 90 second intervals at 6:20 pace were more like 6:30 pace. The recoveries between 7:30 and 8:00 pace were a breeze. The cool down was a breeze. So what happened? The weather was beautiful, cloudy and 55 degrees. Can't point the finger there. I'm going to chalk it up to 6:20 pace being foreign territory to me. To sum it up, I'm not efficient at anything under 6:50/mile. My legs cant seem to tell the difference between 6:30 pace and 6:00 pace, they just feel like lead. For the last nearly 10 years of training I have done lots of workouts at marathon and half marathon pace, and really nothing any faster, with the exception of strides. Mostly I feared injury, and marathon and half marathon paces were my safe place. I have run exactly one 5k and three 10k's since I started running 10 years ago. But, as I tell the members of the studio where I coach classes, if there's no challenge, there's no change. Today was a challenge, and according to my Garmin, there was change! (I know, don't get too hung up on data, but it's making me feel better so we're rolling with it).
To be honest, a little failure is a bit of a turn on. If I smoked every workout that would not keep me hungry and focused. But now, after taking a hit to the ego, I want to put in the work that will make 6:20 pace feel more familiar and less like a stranger. I want it more now after the workout than I did before the workout.
This morning I did something I had never done before, and I'm shaking my head that I waited so long to do it - I programmed my workout into my watch, which literally took less than two minutes. I tend to lose count of reps very easily and it was awesome to have the watch do the counting for me. If your Garmin has this capability and you've never taken advantage, try it!
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