Speedwork. Ahhh, there just isn't anything quite like it. You are forced to run way beyond your means for periods of time that in a span of a lifetime are miniscule, but in the moment, go on forever.... Tonight? 3 X 1 mile repeats with 1/4 mile recovery in between. Target pace: 7:47 per mile.
I warmed up for a mile and found the strongest, fastest, craziest song I could listen to until I pumped the treadmill speed all the way up to 7.7mph. I settled in as quickly as I could to the stride and just kept moving. Turning the feet as quickly as I could. I forgot my HR monitor but I was definitely in high z4. 7 minutes and 47 seconds later, I slowed to down to a whopping 5.6 as I recovered and my HR lowered. Crap. 2 more of these.
I am not sure how I did, but I did it. I didn't have to slow down my speed during the mile repeats. Miracle. I dug deep. I held on for dear life. I embraced the challenge. I succeeded. 2010 is about setting goals and achieving them. The year is off to a great start.
After the torture treadmill session, I headed over to the weight room and worked on my upper body. I am loving this added weight training to my training. I know it will fade quickly once Ironman training starts but for now, I will do it as much as I can. Next week's speedwork? 12 X 1/4 mile repeats at about a 7:30 pace. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!