Remember that treadmill incline run last week that I couldn’t finish? No? Oh RIGHT, because the blog was down and I didn’t post about it. Last Saturday, I had this same workout on the schedule: nine miles, speed 7.4, incline 1.5%. Last week I was total spent by mile 6. At mile 7, I quit. Yes. I just stopped. I felt guilty for not finishing. I added the two miles to my run the following day, so not all was lost. But quitting got in my head.
So when I saw that the same drill was on the schedule for today, I was worried. I know my coach did it on purpose: he wanted me to conquer this one.
And, friends, I almost didn’t make it today. The .5% difference in incline really got me and I couldn’t keep the speed up. My warm up was hard. The first two miles were hard, so I slowed the speed to 7.3, then 7.2. I told myself to get to 5 miles and I could get a walk break. I did and took a quick walk. Amazing how those quick breaks make a huge difference!
I got back into it. “Go, just go just go,” I repeated to myself. But I was fully ready to stop at 8 miles; I started to slow down the treadmill. Then I remembered last week. How I had quit. And I pushed that last mile. I finished strong and it felt great.
- 1 mile W/UP @ 7-7.2 (HR 143)
- 4 miles 7.2 – 7.3 (HR 148, 150, 157, 159)
- .15 mile walk break
- 4 miles 7.2 – 7.4 (HR 151, 158, 158, 151)
Total miles = 9
Total run time = 1:14:24
Average HR = 153
RPE = 9