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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Too Short Interval Workout - RunLog 2-10-16

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

I am going to start with my second run first, because it is the run that matters most - well at least to me.

The biggest problem with it was that I just ran out of time. I was running really well and as much as I wanted, I had to stop at 3.0 miles, since I was on my lunch hour and needed to get back to work. Otherwise, I would have kept doing more intervals.

Oh well, at least I was able to get the 3.0 in.

What was I doing that was so good?

  • 0.50 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.50 @ 8.6 mph @ 1% incline
  • 0.25 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.25 @ 8.7 mph @ 1% incline
  • 0.25 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.25 @ 8.7 mph
  • 0.25 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.25 @ 8.8 mph
  • 0.25 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.25 @ 9.2 mph

Adding in just that 1% incline did make a difference in how those first two intervals felt, compared to the rest of the run. It was more difficult, but not unbearable. However, I wanted to just run, not push hard, so I didn't continue with using the 1% incline more today.

I do have a feeling that I will be using the incline more often, just to get me more used to the harder work at that pace. Yes, it did feel more like the sub 7:00 pace that I run outside, which means that I didn't need to go as fast on the treadmill to get the same workout in and it doesn't give me a false impression of what kind of pace I can maintain - that running at 0% incline does.

A good thing and might reduce some of the added risk of injury that running that much faster does bring with it.

Run #1

It was still pretty chilly - at 10*F, but the winds were pretty quiet, so it wasn't as bad as yesterday. I decided that we would just run down to Pepin Way. At the last minute I decided to wear my H3's instead of the N1 Trails that I usually wear when there is still snow and icy patches on the roads. I felt like I needed a bit more cush to my run today.

They were just fine as long as I didn't try to go too fast, especially on the lower part of Pepin Way.

Going back up the Bitch was a bit slow and tedious, but we kept plugging along and then picked it up a little at the end. Luckily the road off Pepin Way were a lot more clear, otherwise I would have really missed running in the N1 Trails.

Nice "warm"-up run that did let me sweat just a bit. :-)

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