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.