After my run tonight, I felt the burn. I haven’t really experienced this before, but when I got in my car after the run, it felt like my legs were on fire.
I ran 5 miles tonight, and my focus was on speed work. I wanted to do a slow warm up, run a fast mile, recover for a mile, run another fast mile, then cool down for a mile. I’d say I was successful, but my “recovery” mile was definitely my slowest – I had to walk so much of it, but it seemed to pay off in the next fast mile.
- Mile 1: 11:25
- Mile 2: 9:17 !
- Mile 3: 12:50
- Mile 4: 9:15 !!
- Mile 5: 11:38
- Total Time: 54:25 (average pace = 10:53)
I couldn’t believe the 9:15 and 9:17 minute miles – or the fact that there were two of them! I am not a fast runner, but I saved most of my energy for those two miles and went as fast and as long as I could. During the beginning of the second fast mile I watched a guy fly by me, and decided to try to keep up with him (at a distance, didn’t want him to think I was stalking!) and I managed to follow him for almost half a mile at a sub-9 minute mile.
I felt really great about the speedy miles, but very sore by the end of it. I also feel exhausted now – I’m heading to bed!