Wednesday, May 20, 2009

First Speed Workout

It wasn't my first speed workout ever, but it was my first speed workout since, oh, November. Before the stupid cracked femur neck. (Curses.)

Anyways, I showed my femur neck who's boss last night. After an hour of pilates (which was a bit easier than I had hoped, so I may try the other pilates class that I hear is tougher), I hit the treadmill for a gentle one-mile warm-up. I kept it at a 10:00 m/m pace, and then I started on some 400m repeats. (For those not down with the track lingo, a 400m is also a quarter-mile/ 0.25 mile.)

I did 6x400m repeats with each repeat at the 9:00 m/m pace. I certainly used to do repeats faster, but I'm still trying to make sure I don't overdo it with increasing pace and mileage. At the same time, I knew that my body would experience shock when the first speed session of marathon training hits if I didn't go on and start doing some semblance of a weekly speed workout now.

It definitely felt good to pick it up a bit, even if it was just for 2:15 at a time. In the end, I logged 3 miles in about 31 minutes (including the short walk breaks I took between repeats). I am pleased.

Meanwhile, I'll be back tomorrow with some exciting and big news! And no, I am not engaged (wouldn't THAT be big news since I'm not seeing anyone), pregnant (that would be an even bigger surprise considering the lack of baby-making activities), or moving.

5 comments:

Heather said...

Way to go on the 400's! I love speed workouts, and 400's are always nice and doable.

Love to Run said...

It is great to hear you are running and even doing a speed workout. I am sure it felt great to get back on the horse so to say.

Sharneysrun said...

Great job on the speed workout! Can't wait to hear your big news :-)

My doctor's appointment is tomorrow - can you believe that I'm excited?!

Nicole said...

lol i crack up at what you said your excitements would be.

Way to go on the 400's speed racer! :)

WOOT WOOT for Chi Town 09!!! We should make tshirts!!!!! :)

J said...

Seems like everyone is doing 400m repeats today or yesterday! Great job!