Old Age

I’m not a sprinter anymore.  The older I get the longer it takes for me to warm up.  The longer the race the better I get.  That holds true for these damn repeats on our Marathon Training schedule.

Today called for 2, 2 mile repeats at 5K or 10K pace.  There was still a lot of snow on the ground so I was relegated to doing these things on the treadmill.  I warmed up for 1 mile then got the party started.

After Dan made fun of my slow repeats I decided to run them a little faster today.  I ramped up the treadmill to 8.5 mph or 07:04/mile.  From the gun I didn’t think I would be able to finish 2 miles at this pace.  It felt like my legs were not going to be able to stride fast enough.  Watching Illinois’ poor performance playing against Minnesota didn’t help.   I struggled through it though and was happy to slow down after hitting mile 3.

At 3.5 miles I was dreading ramping up the speed again.  As the speed increased from 7.0 to 8.5 mph I could immediately tell that this repeat was going to be easier than the first one.  I guess I just needed a warm up.  My legs did not struggle to maintain the pace.  I even increased to 9.0  mph (06:40/mile) for the last 0.5 miles.  It felt good to finish strong.

I totaled 7 miles wtih 4 of them at a good pace.  So a pretty good workout.  I’m a lover, not a fighter and an endurance athlete, not a sprinter.

Weekly Total:  15 miles