I decided I was either going to run hill repeats or do a speed interval run after work. Interval running at the track won out. I tried to bribe at least one of my family members to join me by giving them multiple Starbucks drinks. One of them can be easily bribed with Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
It was a very windy day today – and super hot. BUT I am not complaining because in no time it will be -27 degrees instead of +27! I ran the 3.25 miles to the track with an average pace of 8:14 min/mile.
Once we got to the track I downed some water, walked a lap, and then began my 4X800m interval session. How to do intervals: Sprint your heart out for 800m and then walk 400m. I am pretty sure that is not the accurate way to do them, you should probably determine an appropriate pace, run consistent intervals each time, walk an a given pace, etc., but my version is to run as fast as I can for half a mile and then walk a lap to get my heart rate back down so it doesn’t explode out of my chest.
My mom walked the track while I sprinted my intervals. It was so windy that there were people flying kites in the park next to the track! My mom pointed this out as I was too busy trying not to vomit on the beautiful blue track.
I don’t know whether this is a smile or a grimace. I don’t recall being super happy during this sweaty madness of 800m. My Runsie performed perfectly for this interval run – even in the heat I didn’t chafe anywhere… except my armpits which I have never experienced before. It wasn’t due to my outfit, just the way I was running in the heat and humidity I suppose. A lifetime of Starbucks on the line and still no one wanted to take a picture of my armpits. Strange.
I love progress and this interval run was really good at showing me how far I have come as a runner. A few months ago I did an 8X800m interval run at this same track and my intervals were at a 6:45 min/mile pace – while this time, in the heat and wind mind you, my 800m intervals were at a 6:30 min/mile pace. Yay for progress! Best part about an interval run? Seeing your Garmin pace chart when you get home. How beautiful is that bad boy!
After the intervals I had a 3.20 mile “cool-down” run home… I don’t know where the 0.05 miles went from when I ran there? My average pace was 8:56 min/mile. It wasn’t exactly a cool down, more like a sweat-until-you-die run home. Oh well.
My mom bought me some single-serve electrolyte packets to try after my long runs! Perfect for today! It is Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator in Lemon Lime and I added it to my iced unsweetened passion tea, plus a lot more ice.
Very refreshing and perfect to replace all of the salt and water I lost today! Interval running feels so much more rewarding than a steady pace long run. Even though only 2.0 of my 9.71 miles today were at a 6:30 min/mile pace, I feel like I sprinted forever! Building running endurance and power… I like it! Time to enjoy piece after piece of pizza. Nothing like a homemade carb feast after a hard running workout!