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Monday, 19 July 2010

First Day of 10k Training

Today was the first day of our 10k training! Speedwork! We went down to the track to find we couldn't go on it! 4 coaches and a double decker bus of school kids were on the track! Nooooooo! The worst thing was I said to Mike before we went 'we best ring up and check the track is free' - of course we promptly forgot! It didn't end up so bad, we both had our garmins on so we went to the nearest field and blasted our intervals out there, it probably wasn't that accurate but it was either that or go back home and that wasn't an option!

The intervals were pretty horrible! After 4 I thought right, stop after 6, don't do the 8 you're supposed to... just ease yourself back into it, 8 is too much today!! But after 5 things started to look up. I hate not finishing a workout so I sucked it up and got on with it! It might have felt horrible then but I would have felt a lot more horrible if I'd gone home after 6!

1 mile warm up at 10 minute pace
8 x 400m (1.51), 400m RI
1 - 1.37
2 - 1.40
3 - 1.45
4 - 1.49
5 - 1.49
6 - 1.46
7 - 1.50
8 - 1.48
1 mile cool down (walked whilst drinking fresh orange!)

= 5 miles in total, not counting the cool down as it was walked.

As you can see I started off too fast and couldn't keep that pace as it was faster than my prescribed pace. I always struggle to pace intervals and was especially rubbish at it not on the track! Also I'm not sure how accurate these times are as I don't really trust the garmin's gps on short distances, it sometimes seems a bit generous so I might not have been as fast as the times suggest.

Really glad to get some speedwork in though, I always feel so great after a good speedwork session, next week hopefully it'll be on the track!


  1. i totally know what you mean after speedwork. such an accomplishment! and that's a lot of repeats :) way to go!!!

  2. Good job on the speed work and getting all 8 done!! :) :)

  3. Well done for going for it, despite the track being taken. I may have used that as an excuse ;)

  4. great job pushing through it!

  5. Hi Laura,
    Way to bust out those intervals! You and Mike are rock stars:)

  6. Just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog. I look forward to checking yours out! I enjoy intervals, crazy I know. Good job getting it done!