Wobbly Wednesday

That was hard.

With having so many halves close together, I have big hopes for one of them.  The marathon gave me a little (giant) kick in the ass.   With that being said, I need to get said ass in gear and that means training.  Training means speed work.  So I busted out my Nike’s and waded into the shallow end tonight.

I headed to the lake path after work, I can’t even remember the last time I ran there.  I know I am still feeling a little sluggish and with mountains of smoke in the air, I knew it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park.   I still have all my Hanson’s workouts saved in my watch so I figured I would just use the one for 400 repeats.  I knew there was no way I was doing 12 of them like programmed but that’s what the lap button’s for right?    I was hoping for between 4-8 repeats.

It was my first time wearing my Nike’s since May, I stopped doing speed work once my shins went to hell.   I kept my warm up of 1.25 miles nice and easy, plenty of walking.  😛   Now, I haven’t raced a 5K since September 2015 so I have no idea what an accurate pace should be so I was optimistically aiming for an 8:45 average for the repeats.

#1- woah, this awkward, my legs are confused.   How do you run this fast?  How the hell long is 400m anyways?  Oh good, the watch buzzed.  Recovery time.

Full disclosure- I walked all the recoveries.   My lungs were a little pissed I was making them work this hard with all the smoke in the air.    My watch buzzed for my next run and wait what?  It said cool down mile and repeated 12 times.  WTH?  So I stopped my watch and started a new run.  From there on I ran by watching my watch and trying not to fall on my face at the same time.

#2- all right, feeling pretty good, maybe I can do 8

#3- Ok, this is getting harder, that last thought was a pipe dream.  Can I quit now?

#4- Yeah, smoke sucks.  Damn my legs are tired, how long is 400m again?  This is my last one.  Let’s not go crazy right?

All in all, 3.76 miles.    And the intervals?

Distance Elapsed Time Average Pace
.25 2:04 8:23
.25 2:10 8:48
.25 2:01 8:01
.25 2:03 8:07

I think I am more surprised that I kept the last 3 intervals at .25.  How did I do that?  And the intervals are too fast which might explain why I was huffing and puffing so much.   Also, I don’t get the variance in pace between interval 1 and 4.  They are only 1 second different.  Is my watch crazy?

It wasn’t a lot but it felt pretty good.   Now hopefully I can move on Thursday.  😛

And the county is on fire, the air is full of smoke, the lake is almost dry and yet I rounded a curve to see more green than I have in months.  What gives?

Is my watch crazy?

How is your weather?



11 thoughts on “Wobbly Wednesday

  1. Maybe the Nike’s caused your shins to hurt. I’m not a fan of nike running shoes. Running in that smoke has to be rough, great job grinding through.

    My week was amazing and I’m finally eyeing my next race. I just posted about it and I’m super excited.


    1. I was never a fan if Nike’s prior to this pair, I love them for speedwork. No I think the blame for my shins lies partially in the Skecher’s I was running in at the time. I returned them to the store.

      Congrats on the great week! Ok, I totally admit that I am a horrible person and I can’t find your blog! What is the address? I’m horrible!


  2. Great job on those intervals! Sorry about the smoke…gross! I’m also not a fan of Nike running shoes, the ones I’ve had before wear out way too quickly but they are nice for speed work.

    At 3-4 weeks out, your body is still trying to recover from the marathon, so try not to push too hard on your speedwork. The base and strength you built up from marathon training will still be with you when you run your halves and I’m sure you will crush them!!


    1. This is the first pair I’ve liked. I’ve put about 160 miles on them so far, if I can to 220 ish, I will be happy. I am very hard on shoes. 🙂

      I know I am still recovering which is why I figured 400’s would be a safer way to test the waters. That said, they should have been slower, I wish I could blame the watch as a distraction but I really need to work on pacing myself better.


  3. I always love your pictures! You are a fantastic photographer. I also think this was a great way to jump back into speedwork – no need to overdo it so much, just keep listening to what your body wants. In terms of your watch, it’s probably just a little bit off due to having to do the workout manually? That would be my guess anyway. The numbers and paces really aren’t that far off though so I wouldn’t worry about it.


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