Just A Little Speedwork – RunLog 7-28-14

Bennie and I ran downback this morning just before the rains came and at the bottom of Stevens Hill, I decided to pick up the pace, just to see how everything felt.

It wasn’t for all that far and wasn’t an all out effort, especially when Bennie somehow almost got the leash tangled in my legs (that would have been a hard one to explain, when I finally came too), so I had to do a quick twirl, while running rather quickly.

Nope I didn’t fall or hurt anything, but I am sure it would have made for a great blooper video.

Strava Bennie Run 7-28-14
Strava Bennie Run 7-28-14

That is that blip in the middle of the faster paces just after .4 miles.

At first I wasn’t sure that I wanted to run fast, but Bennie kept pulling and my foot was feeling pretty good, so I just went for it. The graph definitely looks like a great interval workout, but it was a little more consistent and not an interval workout – that was little later.

Then we walked a mile back home in the pouring rain – yes, the damn horse flies and mosquitoes found us, but neither of us were in a hurry to run again.

Run #2

The rains came and looking at the radar, it was going to be for a while.

Originally, I had planned on going to Colby’s Track to do my first track workout of the year and check out how the Skechers GoMeb’s do on the track. With the rain and the forecast, the track wasn’t an option. I don’t mind a light drizzle/rain, but doing a track workout in a downpour isn’t fun or smart.

Which meant off to Champions and the treadmill.

Actually, I like doing speedwork on the treadmill, I can keep up a more consistent pace and work on re-training myself to run at a faster pace than I have been, instead of worrying about whether I am keeping up a proper/planned pace or not.

Strava Stats 7-28-14
Strava Stats 7-28-14

The workout was planned to be 8 quarter-mile repeats with quarter-mile rest, so what did I end up doing?

  • 1.0 mile @7.3 mph warm-up
  • 4 x .25 @ 8.6 mph w .25 @ 7.2 mph rest
  • 2 x .25 @ 9.1 mph w/.25 @ 7.2 mph rest
  • .50 @ 3.6 mph cool-down

Even though I could have done a couple more, I could feel my hamstring getting a little tight and I didn’t want to do too much, on my first real session of speed work in a while and shut it down.

I will say that it felt great to run fast again!!!

Oh yeah, the Meb’s did great, I just had to remember how to run faster again for more than a quick burst. They gave me that “snap” I was looking for in my racing flats. I also wore them without socks and zero hotspots, so I think that I have found my racing flat/fast running shoes. Who knows – maybe after I get back in shape, I might even try to see how far I can comfortably run in them – you that half marathon distance.

Overall, 2 good workouts today, now I just have to remember to go easy tomorrow 🙂

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this pair of Skechers GoMeb2′s from the local Skechers Performance Division representative after volunteering at the Skechers display booth at the Rail Trail Half Marathon & 5K, at no cost to me.  I was not required to write a positive review or any review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and your experience with the product might be different. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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