ladder workout

So, I feel after my last (complaining) post about missing a run, my run that I completed the other day deserved a post all of its own.

I love the days were you feel on top of the world.

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First, I went for a surf.  It looked so-so, but decided to get some sunshine and go for a paddle.  And it was amazing!  I had such a fun surf.  I got long waves, did a bunch of good little turns, and there was a good (but small) crowd of people out there.  I didn’t want to get out of the water, but I had an appointment in the middle of the day with optometrist.  Ugh.

Well, actually, the middle part of the day sucked.  The Eye Doc dilated my eyes, and I had to wait around Costco for 3 hours to get my car tires fixed.  Which ended up being expensive.  (I probably should add that getting the tires fixed and rotated was free, but the three hours of me waiting lead me to the running store where I bought new shoes!).

I got home, rested my eyes for an hour, then decided I better get this run done.  I didn’t want to do it.  But, I made myself get out the door.  My eyes were still a little messed up, but I had sunglasses on, and the sun was setting – so it wasn’t too bright for the most part.

The workout? 400m, 800m, 1200m, 1600m, 1200m, 800m, 400m – with 400m recovery between each one.

I warmed up for a mile, then went into the first one.  My pace wasn’t too bad, around 8:20min/mile and I thought if I could do that pace for all the intervals I would be very happy.  The next one, the 800m, was a touch faster – and I actually felt ok.  I kept pushing, thinking if I could end up doing the 1 mile interval at a 8min/mile I would be extremely happy.

I actually found my groove, and the run felt amazing.  The last 400m was a little tough, but I did push myself on that one.  I was able to run the whole workout, no walking, no stopping – and felt so strong!

I finished with just over a mile cool down, to bring me to 8 miles total for the run.

A tempo run is on the cards for this evening.  Let’s see how that one goes.

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