I have three Something of Substance (SOS) workouts this week. That’s a Hanson’s Marathon Method construct, consisting of speed or strength runs, tempo runs and long runs. In week three of Boston training, I have all three. Tonight is speed work at the Cretzmeyer Track. Thursday will be a tempo run: eight miles, six of which will be at 7:57/mi. Sunday will be a long run of ten miles at 8:40/mi.
I got the first speed workout in last night at the Cretzmeyer Track. In drizzle, then light snow, then drizzle again, I had a productive 9-miler.
The plan was 1.5 mi warmup @ 9:41 + 12x ([400m @ 7:21] + [400m recov @ 10:21]) + 1.5 mi cooldown @ 9:41. I made all but the first speed interval and went 8:54/mi for the workout.
As usual, I started dreading the run around 2:00 pm. 12 intervals seems like a huge deal. And, the weather, though warm, was less than optimal. But, I’ve been through this before. Deep down, I knew the workout wouldn’t be as hard as it looks on paper. Sure enough, I ran the first part of the first interval at faster than the planned pace. That’s how I like it – a need to slow down rather than speed it up.