Around 4:00 this afternoon, I was wrapping up work and getting ready for my run. I had a lactate threshold run on the docket – 12 miles with 7 miles @ half marathon pace (roughly 6:40 pace). All week I had been planning on doing the speedwork on the treadmill. Why? Well, quite frankly speedwork on the treadmill is easier. It was a cop out. There are no hills or wind to deal with on the treadmill and you just have to set your pace and run. However, as 4:00 rolled around the temperature hit its high point of the day; 40* with sunny blue skies. It was going to be hard to pace up running in such great weather (well, great weather for January in Michigan).
I headed to The Twitter for some advice:
And the advice quickly rolled in…
So, my decision was made… (Note: some the tweets came in after I left on my run)
And the verdict?
Epic Amazing run! I did a 3 mile warm up and then managed to pretty much hit the pace I needed to on each of the 7 miles at pace. A nice 2 mile cool down wrapped up the run.
Split 1: 6:40 (Started off way to fast at a 6:20 pace and had to reign myself in)
Split 2: 7:00 (Had to walk over a bridge completely covered in ice – safety first)
Split 3: 6:44 (Started to dry heave about half way through but managed to keep it down)
Split 4: 6:37 (Finally managed to get in a zone)
Split 5: 6:40 (Still in the zone, this isn’t hard at all)
Split 6: 6:42 (Falling out of the zone)
Split 7: 6:42 (Oh dear Lord. Just hold on! Embrace the hurt!)
It turned out to be a huge confidence boast and I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement of my tweeps (or is it twits?). Thanks everyone!