Friday, August 15, 2008

Tempo...errr...long run

I've been a bit busy with work and studying lately so I'm trying to make my sessions count. So although I haven't done a run longer than 6.5 miles outside of a race since April, I thought it wise to do a 7.3 mile tempo run today. That run DEFINED pain. Holy moly. And the thing that sucked about it is that I felt like I was running through corn syrup. I don't know if it's my form, the extra couple pounds I'm hanging onto, or the fact that I don't like running tempo without a bike ride warm up, but it was just very sluggish feeling. I was even holding to a 180 step per minute turnover. By the last mile I was just totally spent and wanted to throw up. But when I looked at my watch I realized that I did the 7.3 miles in 56 minutes for a 7:40 average. This is really not at all shabby for me! So I ask- why did it feel so slow? I've done much slower runs and felt much stronger. Maybe it's just my inadequate training lately, but I felt like a hippo. I think it's time to watch the diet and run more...

6 comments:

Brian said...

"although I haven't done a run longer than 6.5 miles outside of a race since April, I thought it wise to do a 7.3 mile tempo run today."

look what you wrote. duh. no wonder you were tired from that workout. you're crazy. ha. and i'm still jealous I can't run yet.

mangotriathlete said...

7.3 tempo run!!! Wow, I'd be spent by the end. I'm impressed by your pace. Did you do all 7.3 at tempo, or does the total include warmup/cooldown? Hope you can get some good recovery!

triguyjt said...

thats some threshhold of pain you just crossed!!!

you are not a hippo!!!

I am, however a rhino

DaisyDuc said...

Like lil ol you could ever be compared to a hippo! No wonder you were tired, that is one tough run!

Mr. Satan A. Chilles said...

Some days the planets line up the wrong way and it just sucks to be out there running, and running hard at that. It just doesn't feel good and you can't control it.

Your pace was quite nice, however, so at least you got that in your favor. That's better than just having an 'off day'. Nice.

Steve Stenzel said...

I second what Brian said. And I love the hippo reference. And no, you are not a hippo.

;)