I should, however, pay closer attention to the little things, like am I supposed to do .25 mile repeats or .50 mile repeats? It may not seem like a big difference but I am here to tell you that it is!!! I guess in my little pea-sized brain I got Yazzo 800's mixed up with hill repeats. I started my warm-up and the whole time I was dreading what was coming. Pretty soon that first mile was finished and it was time to bump up the incline. I decided to start "easy" and put it at 5.5% while running at 7.5 mph (obviously done on a treadmill)! I couldn't believe how hard it was, after all, last time I was at the same speed but my incline was at 7%!!! It took A LOT of self talk to get me through the next 2, I wanted so badly to give up but it was on the schedule so I HAD to do it! By the third repeat I decided that I was either going to stay at 5.5% and quite possibly DIE or lower the incline a titch. I did the last 3 repeats at a 5% and it was tough.
Here is what I have wanted to do all day...did I get to? NO!
At about the halfway point of this workout I thought to myself "was I supposed to be doing .25 or .50 mile repeats?" When I got home I checked and I must admit that I felt pretty hardcore when I saw that I was only supposed to do .25 milers but I did .50 milers! I guess that explains why I felt like death at such a lower % incline.
I know that had this workout not been part of "the plan" I would have given up. I had to keep telling myself that it was my mind that was done, not my body. That was easy for me to say, my poor toe was throbbing. Yesterday I had to pull my toenail out because had I left it hanging it would have been ripped off and no good could come of that! I had to complete the workout and I am so glad that I did. Sure I was a sweaty, disgusting mess but I did it!
This was not taken today but McKenna wondered why on earth I would wear
my hoodie to workout in...I didn't I was just such a sweaty mess that it went through
onto my hoodie!
No matter what I need to accomplish in my life, I find that if it is written down it gets done and if it isn't written down it most likely won't get done. Following a plan, especially in running/working out, makes a big difference. I can pull up my training schedule the night before a run and know exactly what I am suppose to do the next day. I can mentally prepare, or at least try, some workouts are pretty hard to get geared up for no matter what :) Take for instance my long run on Saturday. I am supposed to do 19 miles, that just seems a little too far ;) The week of my 17 mile run I was in a rush and only did 14 (I don't know what got into me that week, I didn't stick to the plan), so the furthest I have run in a loooong time is 16 miles. Lesson learned, stick to the plan! Had I done 17 that week I don't think I would be so blasted scared of 19!
I guess to fuel my long run I am forced to go get my secret to a good long run :) YUM!!
No matter what distance you are training for if you follow a training schedule and do the work you will know without a doubt that you are ready on race day!!