As planned, Tiffany and I met at her house in the early morning for speedwork. I had the brilliant idea to run as fast as I could to Tiffany’s house as a “warm-up”. I was very impressed with my time.
Ave Pace 8:32
However, much to my surprise, this wasn’t such a brilliant idea, because my legs were already tired BEFORE even starting the sprints.
Tiffany marked off a start point with a chalk line. “Basically, you run to the stop sign and run back,” she explained.
Seemed simple enough, but somehow what I heard was “Run to the stop and run back”, like those were two separate quarter mile sprints. Again, much to my disappointment, I quickly learned after the first “sprint” that I didn’t follow directions.
1.a.) 0.12 miles
Ave Pace 5:53
1.b.) 0.12 miles
Ave Pace 6:34
“Only five more to go!” Tiffany proclaimed.
After this first sprint I realized running to Tiffany’s house was not such a good idea. My legs were already killing me and I was thankful that our BFF Hal only recommends speedwork every other week. It must take that long to recover from the stress and strain of all those horrible sprints.
As we finished each sprint, Tiffany tallied our accomplishments in the street. Her little tally chart made me giggle and it took my mind off the torture for a little while.
Ave Pace 7:02
Ave Pace 7:48
Ave Pace 7:31
Ave Pace 7:35
Ave Pace 7:40
After our final sprint, I wobbled with each step as I tried to walk off the tightness in my legs. Then, I remembered that I ran to Tiffany’s house and now I had to run home. As I whined and moaned and cried like a baby complained over the notion about having to run home, Tiffany offered to drive me home. As tempting as the offer was, I knew I would be sharing all the details about our speedwork and I couldn’t shame myself (a multiple marathoner) by getting a ride back to my house. My pride simply could not allow me to take the easy way!
So, I thanked Tiffany for the offer and started my slow and very painful run home.
Distance 1 mile
Ave Pace 10:10
Note to self: Arrange to do next set of speedwork outside my house. No more “ fast warm-up laps” before sprints.